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ERIC Number: ED398595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May-8
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Writing Skills and Related Attitudes among Elementary School Students.
Adams, Dixie; And Others
A study examined and described a program to improve writing skills and related attitudes of elementary school students. Targeted population consisted of second- and fifth-grade students in a stable, middle class suburban community, located 20 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois. The problems of underdeveloped writing skills and lack of student interest were documented through writing checklists, rubrics, teacher journals, and student surveys. Professional literature suggested a variety of causes for this deficiency--inadequate teacher training and reliance on ineffective past practices could be factors. There was a need for the integration of writing skills across the curriculum to make the process relevant and meaningful for students. Daily time constraints, as well as a lack of immediate and positive feedback also contributed to the problem. Overreliance on audio and visual means of communication affected student interest in writing. A review of solution strategies suggested by professional educators, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of a writer's workshop approach, which employed a variety of instructional strategies designed to develop writing skills and improve student attitudes. Post intervention data indicated that the second-grade students made significant gains in the areas of writing mechanics, organization, and focus. Data also indicated that fifth graders made significant gains in the areas of using conventions correctly and using details to support main ideas. (Contains 34 references and 21 figures of data. Appendixes present survey instruments, rubrics, student writing samples, peer editing checklists, writing prompts, and graphic organizers.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois