ERIC Number: ED353603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Writing Matters. Occasional Paper No. 31.
Freedman, Sarah Warshauer; Hechinger, Fred
Recent research creates a better understanding of how writing is best learned, taught, and used for learning in school and life. Research done by Anne Haas Dyson and Carol Stack has indicated that many low-income African American children may bring resources to school that are often overlooked. Matthew Downey moves from Dyson's findings about how children first learn to write to examine how writing can help spark the interest of third graders in history. Robert Calfee is studying the growing use of portfolios of elementary school student work to evaluate writing. John R. Hayes and Karen A. Schriver are studying innovative ways to evaluate the effectiveness of writing both in the classroom and in "real world" situations. Sandra Schecter's research explains the effects on teaching that derive from writing teachers' own research concerning classroom learning. The research by Guadalupe Valdes and Sau-ling Wong has shown that most new immigrant students who speak little English are already proficient writers in their first language. Much of the Center's research dealing with improved educational practice, from kindergarten to adulthood, points to new strategies aimed at reducing educational failure and providing the nation with a more literate generation, able to cope with new demands on the work force. (A list of 11 research projects and project directors is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, Berkeley, CA.