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ERIC Number: EJ746164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1741-4350
Golden Times of Writing: The Creative Compliance of Writing Journals
Lambirth, Andrew; Goouch, Kathy
Literacy, v40 n3 p146-152 Nov 2006
This paper examines the history, rationale, uses and abuses of writing journals in primary classrooms. We argue that writing journals form part of a pedagogy derived from an understanding of how children can be motivated to express themselves, independently of teachers. Moreover, they demonstrate the power of welcoming children's home cultures into the classroom. However, we also wish to argue that the use of writing journals is part of the teaching profession's "creative compliance" that can still contribute to the marginalisation of effective educational practice. We document how, in some schools in England, writing journals have been reduced to token gestures towards creativity and independence and in effect collude with and support what is increasingly becoming a pedagogical hegemony.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)