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ERIC Number: ED429303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-1
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Orchestrating the Thought and Learning of Struggling Writers.
Gover, Mark; Englert, Carol Sue
It is viable to argue that literacy can be construed as a set of culturally-based discursive practices rather than as merely a set of cognitive skills. This idea has special relevance for students with learning disabilities, who often struggle with more traditional, individually-based curricular approaches. This study explored the ways in which an experienced second-grade teacher engaged students formally assessed as "learning disabled" in the collaborative editing of a written text. Analyses suggest that one group of teacher utterances served to orchestrate students' participation in the repair of the text while a second group of utterances seemed to guide the level at which students were considering the text. Regarding the latter, the teacher's comments seemed intended to push students toward either one of two ways of thinking. Some comments encouraged them to clarify the conceptual meaning of the text (e.g., "What does that mean?"), while others asked them to consider the grammatical/syntactic structure of the text itself (e.g., "So, how should we say it?"). As a group, collaborative editing appears to have allowed these students to perform at levels well beyond those at which they typically perform individually. These data demonstrate one way that teachers can socialize students, especially those who are academically challenged, into the collaborative creation and revision of texts. Contains 39 references and 2 tables and 5 figures of data; an appendix contains the full transcript of a round of collaborative editing. (RS)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor, MI.