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ERIC Number: ED560644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Children's and Young People's Writing in 2012: Findings from the National Literacy Trust's Annual Literacy Survey
Clark, Christina
National Literacy Trust
This report outlines findings that relate to writing, taken from the third annual literacy survey, which was conducted in November/December 2012. 34,910 young people aged 8 to 16 participated. Key findings include: (1) 44.1% of children and young people enjoy writing either "very much" or "quite a lot"; 14.8% of children and young people do not enjoy writing at all (see Table 6, p. 19); (2) 86.7% of children and young people rate themselves as either average (58.2%) or very good writers (28.5%) (see Table 7, p. 20); (3) 26.7% of children and young people write outside of class every day, with another 28.9% writing something a few times a week. However, 25.7% of children and young people say that they rarely or never write outside of class (see Table 8, p. 21); (4) Technology-based formats, such as text messages (72.4%) and messages on social networking sites (52.3%) are most commonly written outside of class by a large margin, followed by emails (46.5%) and instant messages (45.2%). Notes (33.2%) and lyrics (26.9%) are the most frequently written non-technology formats (see Table 9, p. 22); and (5) Most children and young people thought positively about writing (see Tables 10.1 to 10.11, pp. 25-37). 77.8% agree that "the more I write, the better my writing gets"; 75.7% agree that "writing is more fun when you can choose the topic"; 60.3% agree that "a pupil who writes well gets better marks"; 55.8% agree that "if I am good at writing, I'll get a better job". 31.0% of children and young people also agree that "writing is cool". However, 53.7% agree that "it is easier to read than it is to write" and 48.2% agree that "I have trouble deciding what to write". A quarter of children and young people (26.2%) agree that "if you can use a spellchecker there is no point in learning spelling and grammar. Gender stereotypes are also relatively prevalent when it comes to writing, with 28.6% agreeing that "girls tend to enjoy writing more than boys". 16.1% of children and young people agree that "I would be embarrassed if friends saw me write". The following are appended: (1) An introduction to the annual literacy survey; (2) Methodology; and (3) Sample characteristics .
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Slaughter and May
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom