ERIC Number: ED396312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Confronting the Split between "The Child" and Children: Toward New Curricular Visions of the Child Writer. Occasional Paper No. 35.
Dyson, Anne Haas
Using the concept of the "constructed child" to reflect on "the child writer," this paper addresses the ways in which educators make sense of what the child does when he or she writes in school. The paper draws upon experiences with 5- to 10-year-old children in a recent study of child writers, especially 8-year-old Ayesha. It pays careful attention to the children educators know in order to reconstruct the image of the child. The paper considers the dominant ways in which educators have constructed the child writer, and illustrates one way of reconceiving that child. The paper suggests that rethinking dominant images might help educators better meet the curricular challenges of the current time--among those challenges is the need to envision the child in ways that construct hope for and belief in the diversity of children. Contains 53 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Curriculum Reconceptualists; Diversity (Student); Writing Contexts