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ERIC Number: ED259331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 24
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A Psycholinguistic Description of the Development of Writing in Selected First Grade Students.
Milz, Vera E.
A study was conducted to examine writing development in first grade children. The writings from an entire classroom were collected. From these, six children's writings were chosen for cross-sectional analysis. Two children from this group were then selected for further in-depth case studies. Interviews, parent surveys, and observations were used to monitor children's writing development. The results indicated that first grade students were able to construct meaningful messages in writing, but that the school setting as well as societal attitudes can influence children to focus on the conventions of writing while ignoring the need for writing to have meaning. The results also indicated that first grade students were able to learn to write in a way similar to the way they learned to speak: through social interaction and experiences with others. Their writing contained some salient features that adults produce in their writing. Finally, the results indicated that children focused on conventions of writing, as they realize that print conveys a message and that by using certain conventions they aid the reader in understanding their message. The various writing conventions develop at different rates depending on how crucial they are to the writer's ability to construct meaning for the reader. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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