Self-regulated Learning, Metacognitive Awareness, and Argumentative writing
A Structural Equation Modeling Approach
Keywords:SELF-REGULATION, METACOGNITIVE AWARENESS, ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING, STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING (SEM), EFL GRADUATE LEARNERS
The current study examined the relationships among self-regulated learning, metacognitive awareness, and EFL learners’ performance in argumentative writing. We collected data through two questionnaires (i.e., Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ); Metacognitive Awareness Inventory (MAI)), and an argumentative writing task administered to 250 Iranian graduate students of TEFL in 11 universities across Iran. Using LISREL version 8.8, we ran structural equation modeling (SEM) to analyze the hypothesized relationships. The results revealed that although the SEM enjoyed a good fit on the hypothesized relationships among selfregulated learning, metacognitive awareness, and argumentative writing, the significant influence of metacognitive awareness and self-regulated learning on students’ argumentative writing performance could not be postulated. Finally, the pedagogical implications for writing instruction and research are discussed.
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