Date of Graduation

Summer 2021


Master of Arts in Writing



Committee Chair

Margaret Weaver


Research on dialogue journals has grown in the last fifty years, but a gap exists in understanding how and why these dialogue journals work. During the fall of 2020, I conducted a study utilizing quantitative data to examine how dialogue journals impact student’s self-confidence, self-efficacy, and rapport. The data has confirmed that dialogue journals are effective classroom tools and that various aspects such as word count and purpose can be impacted in connection to student’s perceptions of themselves. This project responds to the gap in the literature and provides data to support how and why dialogue journals promote growth in basic writing classrooms.


basic writing, dialogue journals, self-efficacy, self-confidence, rapport

Subject Categories

Rhetoric and Composition


© Timothy Jacob Pyatt

Open Access