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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2008
Young children are growing up in a time when literacy practices and textual productions are in flux. Yet literacy curricula, particularly for those deemed "at risk," are tightly focused on the written language "basics." What are the potential consequences? In this article, the author considers this question, drawing on an ethnographic study of…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Written Language, Ethnography, Grade 1
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2002
This article offers a theoretical account of school literacy development that foregrounds the symbolic and social resources of childhood cultures. Drawing upon ethnographic data collected in an urban school site, this article illustrates how the playful childhood practices of a small group of young school children shaped their entry into school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Writing (Composition), Ethnography, Young Children
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1984
Draws a number of conclusions from observing children involved in early literacy tasks, including the following: (1) children and teachers live together in schools, but their perceptions of shared world differ; and (2) the teacher, frequently operating from hierarchy model of curriculum, plans activities promoting and assessing literacy skills,…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Language, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1995
Reviews new visions of language and of development that acknowledge human sociocultural and ideological complexity. Argues that children's differentiation of ways of using language is linked to their differentiation of their own place--potential or actual--in the social world. Offers a concrete illustration of writing children as social and…
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Elementary Education, Emergent Literacy
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1985
Examines one type of literacy event in a second-grade classroom--free writing--and, especially, its sharing time phase. (FL)
Descriptors: Free Writing, Grade 2, Group Dynamics, Learning Processes
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1992
Offers a case study of a child who used school writing activities to perform rather than simply to communicate. Finds that, although the child's language resources contributed greatly to his success with written language, they did not always fit comfortably into the writing workshop used in his classroom. (PRA)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Case Studies, Primary Education, Writing Attitudes
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1987
Illustrates dimensions of variation in how young children orchestrate or manage the writing process, using data collected from a five-month study of primary grade writers. Finds children's composing behaviors consistent with their apparent intentions and with their styles as symbolizers and socializers in their classroom. (SKC)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Cognitive Style, Individual Differences, Primary Education
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1997
Presents and considers the vision of children as receptors of adults' ideological messages. Reviews examples of adults' rewriting for children, drawing primarily on the rewriting of folk stories. Reconstructs, using ethnographic data from urban schools, one branch of a classroom chain of communication. Discusses the classroom conditions that…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Ethnography
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1989
Reconsiders how child writers gain control of story forms, the functions of children's story worlds in their real worlds, and the connections between form and function in literacy development. Focuses on one students' writing development to show the gradual evolution of literary perspective. (MG)
Descriptors: Beginning Writing, Case Studies, Classroom Research, Emergent Literacy