Learning to write book reviews for publication: a collaborative action research study on student-teachers' perceptions, motivation, and self-efficacy

Darío Luis Banegas, María Soledad Loutayf, Susana Company, María José Alemán, Grisel Roberts

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The purpose of this collaborative action research-based study was to explore the effects of learning to write book reviews for publication on 57 student-teachers’ experience with academic writing in initial English language teacher education (IELTE) in Argentina. The initiative was embedded in four different modules at three institutions. Data were gathered from March to November 2018 through an online questionnaire and group interviews. Descriptive statistics and thematic analysis of the data collected show that writing book reviews for publication improved student-teachers’ motivation, sense of self-efficacy, and overall perception of academic writing given the authenticity of audience embedded in the writing tasks. The findings confirm that learning to write for publication, when based on genre pedagogy, helps student-teachers develop professionally through experiential learning and therefore teacher educators may need to consider embedding similar initiatives in IELTE. Unlike previous studies, peer collaboration did not have a positive effect on the student-teachers’ writing development. Pedagogical and research implications are included.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102371
Early online date30 Sep 2020
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020


  • teacher education
  • academic writing

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