International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Enhancing Students’ Motivation to Write Essays through Brainstorming: A Comparative Study
Mohammad Fawzi M. Mohammad, Ali Ahmed Hussein

This article aims to investigate the exploitation of brainstorming, the first step in the writing process as a means to enhance students’ motivation to write essays. The article starts with a background of different approaches to the writing process and writing product. It also provides an overview of the main brainstorming types: free and guided focusing on the journalistic guided brainstorming. An experiment involving 12 students from the post Foundation Program at Qatar University was conducted to compare between free brainstorming and guided brainstorming. They were given tasks to complete, and the analysis of data was based on teachers’ observations and students’ feedback. The results indicated that both types of brainstorming were motivating to students with more preference given to guide brainstorming. Based on results of the experiment some conclusions have been drawn.

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