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.


Growth Mindset – Fixed Mindset

  • Take control of your life and embrace your potential.
  • Understand that good writing is not a natural talent, a gift of one’s birth, DNA or zip code.
  • Understand the benefits of adopting a Growth Mindset rather than a Fixed Mindset.

Self-Regulation & Metacognition

Take control of your writing processes so you can work smarter not harder. Reflect on your writing processes to overcome rigid, counterproductive behaviors.