Learning from comPA(I)Ring exemplars: Enhancing genre knowledge of argumentative texts


  • Tine Mombaers University of Antwerp
  • Roos Van Gasse University of Antwerp
  • Sven De Maeyer University of Antwerp




Poor writing skills are problematic in today’s society where writing expertise is essential in personal, academic and professional contexts. Students struggle most with argumentative writing. To write a good argumentative text, students need genre knowledge on this type of text. After all, genre knowledge has been proven to be related to writing quality. Considering its relevance, in this study we investigated whether learning from (comparing) text exemplars could be an effective method to enhance genre knowledge. This study aims to investigate whether learning from (comparing) text exemplars can enhance genre knowledge. A quasi-experimental study with 77 11th grade students was carried out to test the effects of four conditions on genre knowledge of argumentative texts. Findings show that genre knowledge increases through single and analogue text examples. In addition, learning from comparing text exemplars does not seem to increase genre knowledge more than learning from single, sequential exemplars.


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Mombaers, T., Van Gasse, R., & De Maeyer, S. . (2024). Learning from comPA(I)Ring exemplars: Enhancing genre knowledge of argumentative texts. Journal of Writing Research, 16(1), 163–193. https://doi.org/10.17239/jowr-2024.16.01.06