Charles MacArthur

Charles A. MacArthur is Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. His major research interests include writing development and instruction for students with struggling writers, development of self-regulated strategies, adult literacy, and applications of technology to support reading and writing. He has directed or co-directed ten federally funded research projects on writing or reading instruction. Currently he is principal investigator of a research project evaluating a curriculum for college developmental writing courses based on self-regulated strategy instruction. He is co-editor of the Journal of Writing Research, and has co-edited or written several books, including the Handbook of Writing Research, Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research, and Developing Strategic Writers through Genre Instruction.

  1. Growth Mindset – Fixed Mindset

    Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset refer to a personality construct theorized by Carol S. Dweck (2006). People with a growth mindset assume traits such as intelligence and talent are a product of hard work, grit, determination. Have you ever heard anyone say or have you thought yourself, “I’m just not good at math,” or “I’m just not any good at...

    Published on Nov 20th 2019

  2. Self-Regulation & Metacognition

    What are Self-Regulation & Metacognition? Self-regulation, a personality trait, refers to taking control of learning and the writing process oneself. Metacognition literally means ‘about thinking’. Metacognition involves thinking about thinking—about being self-reflective about your learning and thinking processes. Metacognition is usually considered to include two components: knowledge of cognitive processes and  self-regulation of cognitive processes, affect, and behavior. For example, consider...

    Published on Aug 07th 2019