ERIC Number: ED342016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
The Influence of Classroom Discourse on Student Texts: The Case of Ella. Research Series No. 211.
McCarthey, Sarah J.
Using a social constructivist theoretical framework, the case of Ella demonstrates how one fifth-grade, African-American student who participated in a writing process classroom appropriated the dialogue from social interaction and transformed it to use in her own texts and in her talk with others. During the teacher-student writing conferences, Ella and the teacher were able to establish a shared understanding of the classroom assignment. These conferences were pivotal in Ella's subsequent texts because she drew upon these conversations in her revisions. Yet, Ella did not just accept or imitate what she thought the teacher valued, but transformed her understanding to use in new ways in her text. Ella was skillful at understanding the classroom norms and the teacher's expectations, negotiating the teacher's values while developing her own voice. This case demonstrates the importance of teachers and students developing a shared understanding of the task as well as the importance of students' previous experiences with text. (One figure and one table are included; 39 references are attached.) (Author/SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.; National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, East Lansing, MI.