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ERIC Number: EJ793741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
The Effects of Pictures and Prompts on the Writing of Students in Primary Grades: Action-Research by Graduate Students at California State University, Northridge
Joshua, Marilyn
Action in Teacher Education, v29 n2 p80-93 2007
Nine graduate students (teacher-researchers) with an average of 6 years teaching experience (1-15 years) participated in action research to examine the influence of teacher-chosen visual aids (pictures) on children's writing. A total of 165 elementary students participated in the two phases of the research project: 83 boys and 82 girls in kindergarten through second grade. The data indicate that when teachers are selecting writing assignments as a part of students' writing development, it is important for them to know whether prompts alone or prompts paired with pictures are more advantageous. For younger students and, possibly, second-language learners, the picture aided writing and drawing. However, beyond kindergarten, the picture paired with the prompt did not positively affect writing. Teacher-researchers concluded that although pictures can provide context and background information for student writers of all ages, they may also hinder creativity. This was an unexpected finding; the deciding factor appears to be students' background experience and knowledge of the English language. (Contains 3 tables and 10 figures.) ["The Effects of Pictures and Prompts on the Writing of Students in Primary Grades: Action-Research by Graduate Students at California State University, Northridge" was written with William E. Andrade, Sara Garber-Budzyn, Victoria Greene, Elana Hassan, Nicole M. Jones, Lisa Palmigiano, Magdalena Romero-Horowitz, Violet Rostami, and Suzanne Valentine.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California