ERIC Number: EJ1092210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
"This Is a Message for …": Third Graders' Use of Written Text Functions to Facilitate Interpersonal Relationships
Jaeger, Elizabeth L.
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v16 n1 p107-133 Mar 2016
This article describes the ways in which a class of 7- and 8-year-old children used writing to communicate. Using Halliday's Systemic Functional Linguistics as a theoretical frame, I examine what functions these messages served, how functions varied from child to child and how the practice of message-sending evolved over time. Analysis of data revealed that: (a) children employed all of the functions enumerated by Halliday and (b) children varied significantly in the types of functions that characterized their texts. I argue that the learning environment created by the teacher--one of trust and student choice--served to nourish the message-sending practice.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Grade 3, Interpersonal Communication, Childrens Writing, Participant Observation, Peer Relationship, Discourse Modes, Literary Genres, Need Gratification, Peer Influence, Self Actualization, Heuristics, Creative Activities, Information Dissemination, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: California