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ERIC Number: ED258188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Transactions among Teachers and Children: Teachers' Instruction and the Writing Processes of Kindergarten Children.
Moss, R. Kay
A study was conducted to document the written language of kindergarten children as a transaction among writers, teachers, and the writing process. Six children's writing processes and two teachers' instructional behaviors were examined using videotaped observations during an eight month period in two kindergarten classrooms. Writing products of the entire classroom were collected. Interviews with the child writers and the teachers were conducted to monitor participant perceptions regarding both teacher instruction and children's writing behaviors. Teachers' instructional decisions were found to be the most important influences on children's writing processes in the classroom. Children in the natural language-learning classroom tended to be more message-centered and self-reliant than did children in a standardized, sequential writing classroom. The results indicated that children, when given the opportunity to take risks with written language, create with semantic intent. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A