ERIC Number: ED328046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Implementing a Successful Writing Program for Deaf Students in Public Schools. Progress Report #3. National Research to Development Network for Public School Programs for the Hearing Impaired.
Kluwin, Thomas N.; Kelly, Arlene Blumenthal
To remedy the English composing problems of young deaf writers, 43 teachers were trained to teach writing as a process in a 2-year intervention program. Teacher workshops focused on developing a rationale for writing instruction, teaching writing as a process rather than as a product, promoting writing through dialogue journal writing, using specific rationales in the selection of writing topics, and providing clear and useful feedback to students about their compositions. To assess the program's effectiveness, students were administered writing tests (descriptive and persuasive essays and business letters) and teacher logs were analyzed. It is concluded that teaching writing as a process resulted in improvements in the writing of deaf students. Students became more fluent in their writing when the teacher's focus was not on the quality of the product and there were specific steps students could take to improve their compositions. An appendix contains scoring guides. (19 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Deafness, Dialog Journals, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Improvement, Teaching Methods, Training, Writing (Composition), Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Research Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: For report #1, see EC 300 010.