Ana Camacho

Ana Camacho
University of Porto | UP · University of Porto Centre of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology

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Introduction
Ana Camacho obtained her Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Porto. Ana's doctoral project focused on writing motivation and writing performance of middle school students. This project was supported by a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science. Ana previously worked as a psychologist of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and as a research assistant at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa.
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - August 2017
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Research projects “Curriculum Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European Early Childhood Education and Care” (CARE) and “Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society” (ISOTIS)
February 2016 - August 2016
University of Porto
Position
  • Research collaborator
October 2014 - February 2016
O Fio de Ariana
Position
  • Medical Professional
Education
September 2009 - October 2014
University of Porto
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (19)
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Motivation is a catalyst of writing performance in school. In this article, we report a systematic review of empirical studies on writing motivation conducted in school settings, published between 2000 and 2018 in peer-reviewed journals. We aimed to (1) examine how motivational constructs have been defined in writing research; (2) analyze group dif...
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The COVID-19 outbreak has ravaged all societal domains, including education. Home confinement, school closures, and distance learning impacted students, teachers, and parents' lives worldwide. In this study, we aimed to examine the impact of COVID-19-related restrictions on Italian and Portuguese students' academic motivation as well as investigate...
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In this study we examined whether parents' perceptions of students' anxiety as well as perceived support from both teachers and classmates were predictive of changes in students' academic motivation during the first wave of COVID-19. To this end, we used a retrospective pretest-posttest design together with a latent change score model to analyze ou...
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Background: Writing is a particularly demanding activity, which poses unique motivational challenges for students. Despite the wealth of research on the relation between writing motivation and writing performance, little is known about the role of students' writing frequency in writing motivation and writing performance. Aims: We aimed to: (1) e...
Thesis
Writing is a key skill in literacy-dependent societies as well as a gateway to academic success and lifelong learning. However, many students do not develop robust writing skills and report low motivation to engage in writing tasks. The present thesis describes a systematic review, two observational studies, and one intervention study, whose main a...
Conference Paper
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The COVID-19 outbreak has ravaged all societal domains, including education. Home confinement, school closures, and distance learning impacted students, teachers, and parents’ lives worldwide. In this study, we aimed to examine the impact of COVID-19-related restrictions on Italian and Portuguese students’ academic motivation as well as investigate...
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Writing is a particularly demanding activity, which poses unique motivational challenges for students. This study sought to examine the contribution of writing motivation and writing frequency (an understudied variable in writing research) to students’ writing performance. The objectives were twofold: a) examining structural relations among two mot...
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Escrever é indispensável para comunicar na escola e no quotidiano, contudo é uma tarefa complexa que requer muita motivação. Assim, é essencial desenvolver as competências e a autoeficácia dos alunos. Este estudo teve como objetivos adaptar a Sources of Middle School Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale (Usher & Pajares, 2009) para o domínio da escrita...
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The book “Writing motivation research, measurement and pedagogy”, written by Muhammad M. M. Abdel Latif (2021) and published by Routledge, summarises and integrates literature on the role of motivation in writing over the last four decades. This book emerges out of the author’s experience and interest in writing motivation research—including a doct...
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Purpose. This study aims to explore whether the COVID-19-related circumstances hindered undergraduate students' academic motivation, engagement, and attachment to the university. Design Methodology Approach. The authors surveyed two groups of undergraduate business students (42% male) who completed the questionnaires at the beginning and at the en...
Presentation
A motivação para a escrita é uma perspetiva face à escrita enraízada nas disposições, crenças e objetivos que os alunos desenvolvem durante as várias tarefas e situações em que têm de escrever. Esta oficina debruçar-se-á sobre a motivação para a escrita de alunos do ensino básico e será dividida em três partes. Na primeira parte, procurar-se-á comp...
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A leitura e a escrita têm um papel fundamental nas sociedades atuais, sendo a sua aprendizagem um dos objetivos mais importantes durante a escolaridade obrigatória. Apesar de todos os benefícios associados à aprendizagem da escrita, muitos alunos têm dificuldades a escrever. Para além disso, a escrita é frequentemente considerada uma atividade rígi...
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Learning to read and write efficiently is of the utmost importance in elementary school. However, writing is frequently difficult and can be demotivating for beginning writers. Fortunately these barriers can be partially alleviated with parental help. Many studies showed that parental involvement influences children’s competence and motivation in r...

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"According to historical records, the first ancient Olympic Games can be traced back to 776 BC" (retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/). I want to know more about the reasons that led to the start of the Olympic Games. Thank you in advance!
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Do you think that changes in diagnostic criteria for Specific Learning
Disabilities (where dyslexia is included) are affecting assessment and diagnosis of dyslexia?
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And are the new technologies a threat or an ally to writing?
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Do you think parental involvement fosters better readers and writers? This is, is there a direct link and causal effect between parental involvement and children's reading and writing competence? Or parental involvemental "only" promotes interest and motivation towards reading and writing? Or both?
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I am working on the development of a workshop designed to teachers about how to motivate students to study. Implicit theories of intelligence is, undoubtedly, an important topic to discuss with them! In your opinion, which variables influence motivation towards study?
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I am gathering studies about parental involvement in reading. Can anyone help me? Thank you in advance!

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JURE 2022, the 26th Conference of the Junior Researchers of EARLI, will take place at the University of Porto, Portugal from July 18th - July 22nd 2022. Find out more about the conference theme, scope, and important dates at: https://earli.org/JURE2022