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ERIC Number: ED278940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
The Connection of Writing to Reading and Its Effect on Reading Comprehension.
Whyte, Sarah S.
Research and observation have indicated that there is a connection between reading and writing. This connection has been confirmed through the research of D. Graves, L. Calkins, G. Bissex, and M. Baghban. Cognitive theorists believe that reading and writing involve similar schema or structures. Much of the pedagogy and research suggest that the processes of reading and writing are mutually reinforcing and should even be taught together as a common base of meaning. Specific research on how writing affects reading comprehension often focuses on sentence combining. Because vocabulary is crucial to reading comprehension and writing reinforces what students understand orally, dictation is an advocated writing method. Paraphrasing and writing abstracts are also proven methods for increasing reading comprehension. Research on the writing process by P. Flemming showed that peer conferencing encourages students to get involved as readers and writers and that the decisions and awareness that grow from this process transfer to reading comprehension. Finally, writing not only affects reading comprehension, but reading and writing mutually affect learning. Educators should teach reading and writing together within a contextual framework, while research is needed on the effects of writing on reading and reading on writing. (Three pages of references are provided.) (SRT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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