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Deborah Elaine Mccutchen
EDPSY 521
Seattle Campus

Psychology of Writing

Examines writing as a cognitive process and reviews current empirical research on writing, emphasizing primarily studies from a psychological perspective. Explores both developmental differences and individual differences in writing skills, together with instructional implications. Prerequisite: EDPSY 501 or equivalent. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Students will learn about the development of writing ability in young children, as well as writing disabilities among older students and instructional interventions. Students will also learn to read research critically.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course follows a traditional seminar format. Class time is devoted to discussion of assigned reading. Participation in discussion is expected.

Recommended preparation

Students should have some knowledge of general cognitive psychology and/or process writing approaches.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments consist of readings for each session, plus two written papers.

Class credit is based on (1) class participation, (2) a short reflection paper, and (3) a final, longer seminar paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jennifer L. Davis
Date: 05/11/1998