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ERIC Number: ED495170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Research on Writing Conventions: U R What U Write
Nelson, Leah; Feinstein, Sheryl G.
Online Submission
The purpose of this quantitative study is to determine how secondary students use conventions in classroom composition assignments compared to the Internet writing outlets of e-mail, instant messaging, and blogs. Thirty-two ninth grade students were identified to participate in this study. Half of the participants were deeply involved in online communication and half rarely wrote online. The main instrument involved was the 6+1 Trait Writing method rubric, which has enjoyed long-standing use in schools. The study found that students appropriately switched gears when writing in different situations. Students adhered to standard conventions in both classroom compositions and online writing. Students who wrote via e-mail, IM, and/or blogs showed worse usage of standard conventions than those students who did not write online except when it came to thoroughly poor users of conventions. However, online communicators demonstrated a slightly better command of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The findings of this study indicate that it is important to continue teaching conventions in our schools. Students need to view content, form, and conventions as inseparable. (Contains 8 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A