ERIC Number: ED265558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Contexts for Learning to Write: Studies of Secondary School Instruction. Writing Research: Multidisciplinary Inquiries into the Nature of Writing Series.
Applebee, Arthur N.; And Others
Building upon the National Study of Writing in the Secondary School conducted in 1981, this volume presents the results of recent scholarly inquiry into the nature of writing. Background information for the study is discussed in chapter 1, while chapter 2 describes the additional data that have been gathered since the national survey: a study of textbooks in a variety of secondary school subject areas and a longitudinal study of the writing development of 15 students over a 16-month period. It also describes the system for analyzing student writing in terms of the audience addressed and the functions of writing. Chapter 3 reports the results from the study of the writing activities suggested in popular textbooks, and chapter 4 introduces the case study students and the writing they undertook during the 16 months. Chapters 5 and 6 examine this writing in more detail, focusing on the organizational patterns students are mastering. Chapters 7 and 8 concentrate on the varying approaches students took to their writing tasks, while chapters 9 and 10 address the link between the problems students have in writing, their knowledge of the topic under consideration, and the role of writing as an aid to learning in content area classrooms. Chapter 11 develops in more detail the notion of instructional scaffolding and its usefulness in improving writing instruction. Finally, chapter 12 highlights the findings and suggests some questions that need to be addressed in future studies. (HOD)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Content Area Writing, Prior Learning, Revision (Written Composition), Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Secondary Education, Task Analysis, Textbook Content, Textbook Research, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Research
Ablex Publishing Corporation, 355 Chestnut St., Norwood, NJ 07648 ($27.50 hardcover, $17.95 paperback).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA.