ERIC Number: ED453536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Improving Student Writing Skills through the Modeling of the Writing Process.
Kapka, Dawn; Oberman, Dina A.
This study describes a program designed to improve students' writing skills in order to improve academic achievement. The targeted population consists of third and fifth grade elementary students in two separate communities ranging from low to middle class, located in two midwestern suburbs of a large city. Evidence for the existence of the problem includes writing samples, report card grades, state test scores, and teacher observations. Analysis of probable cause data reveals that students received inconsistent writing instruction between or across grade levels, lacked quality models of writing at school and home, had limited background knowledge, lacked an interest in writing, lacked skills expected for writing assessments, and received inconsistent vocabulary and terminology across and between grade levels. A review of the solution strategies suggested by the professional literature, combined with an analysis of the settings of the problem, resulted in the selection of five major categories of intervention: teacher training on the writing process, parent involvement, implementation of a writing program to teach concepts/skills, use of a variety of writing strategies, and peer editing. Post intervention data indicated an increase in students' writing skills. Students' knowledge of writing elements increased as demonstrated by documented work in the classroom setting. (Contains 28 references and 51 figures of data. Appendixes contain writing prompts; a writing checklist; a writing rubric; student, parent, and teacher surveys; writing goals; and a parent reflection form.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Masters Program.