ERIC Number: ED364890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Thematic Patterns in Children's Writing: Human Behavior Evoking Personal Meaning.
DuCharme, Catherine C.
Supporting the constructivist view of language learning, a study by a teacher-researcher analyzed the thematic patterns in the writing of her 31 first-grade students for a period of 3 months. In the natural setting of the classroom the children were studied in the context of their own learning. Writing was collected daily, and stories were sorted and re-sorted into categories according to thematic content. Each child's daily thematic choice was recorded and changes and similarities noted. The effect of thematic patterns on writing development was then examined. Analysis of children's writing samples revealed a complex pattern of thematic choices congruent with each child's interests. Findings suggest that observing young writers and emergent writing behavior is helpful in gathering information on the processes of writing, learning, and constructing meaning. (Two tables of data are included; 21 references are attached, as well as one page of figure captions accompanying five student papers and a diagram of l0 themes in childrens' writing.) (NH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Childrens Writing; Writing Contexts