ERIC Number: ED272895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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How Frequently Are Elementary Students Writing?
Sunflower, Cherlyn; Crawford, Leslie W.
A study examined elementary school writing instruction to determine (1) how frequently students are writing, (2) when in the curriculum writing occurs, and (3) in what forms the writing occurs. Data were collected in 75 elementary classrooms in 25 midwestern schools during a 15-day period. The data deviated little from what D. Graves reported in 1978. While one third of the elementary teachers were giving some--although an inadequate amount of--writing instruction (one or more times per week), two-thirds of the teachers were giving little (less than once a week) to no instruction in writing. Writing was typically associated with language arts (64% of the time), particulary spelling and reading activities. Only 9% of the observed writing was associated with subject areas such as science, social studies, health, mathematics, and art. Composing was limited to only a few forms--sentences, stories, and letters. (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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