Writing motivation and performance in Chinese children

Pui-sze YEUNG, Connie Suk-han HO, David Wai-ock CHAN, Kevin Kien Hoa CHUNG

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This study examined the relationships between writing motivation and written composition performance in Chinese among 388 Chinese children in Grades 3 to 5 in accordance with the framework of self-determination theory. Multiple regression analysis results showed that writing motivation measures (external regulation, introjected regulation, identified regulation and intrinsic motivation) contributed a unique variance to written composition performance before and after controlling for the contribution of cognitive-linguistic skills important to written composition (i.e., word dictation, working memory and syntactic knowledge). Identified regulation was the only significant predictor of written composition performance. These results are discussed with reference to the impact of Chinese culture on motivation to write among Chinese children. Copyright © 2019 Springer Nature B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-449
JournalReading and Writing
Early online date16 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2020


Yeung, P.-S., Ho, C. S.-H., Chan, D. W.-O., & Chung, K. K.-H. (2020). Writing motivation and performance in Chinese children. Reading and Writing, 33, 427-449. doi: 10.1007/s11145-019-09969-0


  • Writing
  • Motivation
  • Chinese


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