ERIC Number: ED249521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Study in the Development of Discourse Competence: David: A Six-Year-Old Discovers Authorship.
A study was undertaken to explore the problems beginning writers face and how they grapple with them. The subject, a six-year-old boy, was observed over 10 writing sessions and an analysis was made of his composing behavior and the illustrations and texts he produced. In addition, his composing aloud protocols were analyzed. Results suggest that a six-year-old writer is an immature practitioner of a composing process resembling an adult's (but with significant differences), who possesses the knowledge required for authorship in rudimentary form. A six-year-old child's restricted physical and cognitive development limit written performance in particular ways that require assistance if the young writer is to continue growing as an author. (Appendixes contain copies of the child's writing.) (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).