ERIC Number: ED208389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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Achievements in Writing at 16+. Paper 1. Staging Points Reached in Narratives Based on Personal Experience.
Dixon, John; Stratta, Leslie
To determine staging points reached in written narratives based on the personal experience of four secondary school students, researchers examined (1) the kinds of ordering or reordering that occur as the writer imaginatively recovers the events of the past; (2) whether the writer automatically assumes or takes for granted that a reader is already acquainted with the setting, characters, or the narrative events; (3) whether the writer remains largely egocentric, or if there is a more comprehensive perspective developing in which thoughts and feelings of other participants are more fully acknowledged or realized; and (4) the actual or potential understanding of the uses of language that could be pointed to as significant. From the analysis it was determined that the narratives progressed from an oral model through a transitional phase to an early and mature literary model. These stages suggest that for students to be able to convey the subtle nuances of feeling or attitude that intonation and gesture naturally supply, the students should unconsciously assimilate the methods of authors they have read and enjoyed or be led into imaginative and perceptive discussion of these forms of language by their teachers. For teachers to be able to do this, they must be conscious of the range of choices that the literary tradition has made possible. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Schools Council, London (England).
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