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Gere, Anne Ruggles; Limlamai, Naitnaphit; Wilson, Emily; MacDougall Saylor, Kate; Pugh, Raymond – Written Communication, 2019
This systematic review of 46 published articles investigates the constructs employed and the meanings assigned to writing in writing-to-learn assignments given to students in science courses. Using components of assignments associated with the greatest learning gains--meaning making, clear expectations, interactive writing processes, and…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Science Instruction, Metacognition, Writing Processes
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Sturk, Erika; Lindgren, Eva – Written Communication, 2019
Views about what writing is and how it should be taught have varied over the years as well as across contexts. Studies of curricula, teaching materials, and teaching practices have shown a strong focus on skills, genres, and processes, but few have asked teachers about their perspectives on writing. In this article we explore what views, or…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Writing Processes, Compulsory Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Troia, Gary A.; Shen, Mei; Brandon, Diana L. – Written Communication, 2019
This study examined multiple measures of written expression as predictors of narrative writing performance for 362 students in grades 4 through 6. Each student wrote a fictional narrative in response to a title prompt that was evaluated using a levels of language framework targeting productivity, accuracy, and complexity at the word, sentence, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Writing (Composition), Expressive Language
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Limpo, Teresa; Alves, Rui A. – Written Communication, 2017
It is established that transcription skills (handwriting and spelling) constrain children's writing. Yet, little is known about the mechanism underlying this relationship. This study examined the mediating role of bursts and pauses on the link between transcription skills and writing fluency or text quality. For that, 174 second graders did the…
Descriptors: Written Language, Handwriting, Spelling, Writing Skills
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Kuhn, Deanna; Hemberger, Laura; Khait, Valerie – Written Communication, 2016
In most assessments of students' argumentive writing and in most research on the topic, students write on topics for which they have no specific prior preparation. We examined development in the argumentive writing urban middle school students did as part of a two-year dialogic-based intervention in which students engaged deeply with a series of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Middle School Students, Student Development
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Mills, Kathy A.; Exley, Beryl – Written Communication, 2014
Theorists of multiliteracies, social semiotics, and the New Literacy Studies have drawn attention to the potential changing nature of writing and literacy in the context of networked communications. This article reports findings from a design-based research project in Year 4 classrooms (students aged 8.5-10 years) in a low socioeconomic status…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Multiple Literacies, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Beauvais, Lucie; Favart, Monik; Passerault, Jean-Michel; Beauvais, Caroline – Written Communication, 2014
We investigated changes across grades in the cognitive demands associated with the organizing subprocess of writing. A total of 85 fifth (age M = 10.8), 88 seventh (age M = 12.9), and 79 ninth (age M = 14.6) graders composed either a procedural text or an expository description on a digital tablet, on the basis of a "scrambled ideas"…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 9, Writing Processes
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O'Hallaron, Catherine L. – Written Communication, 2014
This article reports instruction supporting the development of fifth grade English learners' argumentative writing in an English language arts setting. Arguments analyzed for the study were produced by the same students on two occasions, roughly 3 months apart. In the first instance, students discussed the source text in detail, but were given no…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Writing Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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McCarthey, Sarah J.; Woodard, Rebecca; Kang, Grace – Written Communication, 2014
Using Ivanic's (2004) framework, the study of 20 elementary teachers examines the relationships among teachers' beliefs about writing, their instructional practices, and contextual factors. While the district-adopted curriculum reflected specific discourses, teachers' beliefs and practices reflected a combination of discourses. The nature of the…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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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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Shanahan, Lynn E. – Written Communication, 2013
This interpretive case study investigated how a fifth-grade teacher's social practices with visual and linguistic signs positioned her students (10- and 11-year-olds) to take up particular modes as they constructed digital compositions. The context of the study was a suburban public school in the northeastern United States. Analysis was threefold.…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Multimedia Materials
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Fartoukh, Michael; Chanquoy, Lucile; Piolat, Annie – Written Communication, 2012
The aim of this study was to analyze the consequences of emotion during narrative writing in accordance with Hayes's model. In this model, motivation and affect have an important role during the writing process. Moreover, according to the emotion-cognition literature, emotions are thought to create interferences in working memory, resulting in an…
Descriptors: Children, Writing Processes, Psychological Patterns, Context Effect
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Honig, Sheryl – Written Communication, 2010
This article reports on the types of scientific writing found in two primary grade classrooms. These results are part of a larger two-year study whose purpose was to examine the development of informational writing of second- and third-grade students as they participated in integrated science-literacy instruction. The primary purpose of the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Discourse Analysis, Science Instruction
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McCarthey, Sarah J. – Written Communication, 2008
The study uses Foucault's framework of governmentality to understand the impact of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on teachers' writing instruction and attitudes toward writing in high- and low-income schools. Using interviews and observations of 18 teachers, the study identified four themes: emphasis on testing, curricular effects, awareness of…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Federal Legislation, Limited English Speaking
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McCarthey, Sarah J.; Garcia, Georgia Earnest – Written Communication, 2005
This study of English language learners, six Mandarin-speaking and five Spanish-speaking elementary students, revealed that students engaged in a variety of writing practices at home and school. A continuum of attitudes, from positive to negative, characterized students' attitudes toward writing in English and their native languages. Students…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Family Income, Educational Opportunities
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