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ERIC Number: EJ806705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Teaching Trickster Tales: A Comparison of Instructional Approaches
Jarvey, Marya; McKeough, Anne; Pyryt, Michael C.
Research in the Teaching of English, v43 n1 p42-73 Aug 2008
Trickster tales, with their teachings on how to behave in the world, are a powerful means for transmitting social knowledge and cultural mores to children. In this study we compared two approaches to teaching fourth-grade students to write trickster tales. Although both instructional methods incorporated aspects of the writing process approach, only the developmentally based method took into account students' expected developmental growth patterns in narrative composition. Statistical analyses revealed significant gains favoring the developmentally-based group participants on measures of plot structure and characterization. These results suggest that children benefit from writing instruction that considers their cognitive development. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada