Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The ability of students to successfully fulfill coursework requirements is an important topic in the fields of education as well as psychology. The present study was designed to examine the effects of placing a minimum word count on a writing task. The participants were asked to complete a writing prompt that may or may not have contained a minimum word count. The number of words written for both groups was then analyzed. The data from the two groups showed that there was a significant difference between the group who received a minimum word count and those who did not. The minimum word count group wrote more, which suggests that there may be a benefit to including specific word count requirements on this type of task. While the quality of the writing was not evaluated in this study, the results suggest that word count requirements may encourage more detail in some writing tasks.
BF1 .M63 v. 19 no. 1 2013
O'Brien, Steven and Hamm Baugh, Verneda P.
"Effects of minimum word counts on writing tasks,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 19
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol19/iss1/3