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ERIC Number: EJ811760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
From "What Did I Write?" to "Is This Right?": Intention, Convention, and Accountability in Early Literacy
Wohlwend, Karen E.
New Educator, v4 n1 p43-63 Jan 2008
When children enter public kindergartens in the current atmosphere of high-stakes testing, they often encounter an emphasis on correctness that casts doubt on the integrity of their personally invented messages, prompting them to ask not "What did I write?" but "Is this right?" This ethnographic case study examines early writing by 23 kindergarten children within the context of their free-writing time and their teacher's plan to restore intention to compensate for a mandated curriculum that overemphasized convention. Children's writing samples were analyzed before and after the teacher introduced peer sharing, a strategy aimed at reestablishing the children's communicative intent. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A