ERIC Number: ED236674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Developmental Aspects of the Writing Processes of Young Children: A Review of Related Research. Instructional Research Laboratory Technical Series #R83003.
To determine the designs, procedures, and findings of studies related to an investigation of the developmental aspects of the writing processes of children, a literature search was made of documents indexed in "Current Index to Journals in Education" (CIJE) and "Resources in Education" (RIE). A search was also made of the literature in Psychological Abstracts, Comprehensive Dissertation Index, and the Language and Language Behaviors Index. From the analysis it would seem that most of the literature regarding the writing processes of young children has been concerned specifically with developmental aspects. Research conclusions suggest that teachers should question children to help them expand their ideas about writing and options for writing those ideas. Teachers should also encourage children to set standards for their writing and encourage other children to provide feedback. In particular, the research findings of Donald Graves suggest that children should be encouraged by their teachers to focus on the message rather than on its form and to realize that words are only temporary. His findings also show that informal classroom settings promote writing and that unassigned writing seems to stimulate boys' writing and results in longer compositions. (HOD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Instructional Research Lab.