ERIC Number: EJ819143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
We Learn What We Do: Developing a Repertoire of Writing Practices in an Instant Messaging World
Jacobs, Gloria E.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n3 p203-211 Nov 2008
A case study of an adolescent girl provides a framework to understand what factors contribute to the development of a strong writer within an instant messaging world. The study shows instant messaging is one of a larger repertoire of practices. Facility in school-based writing was developed through a school culture that supported writing in the content areas, authentic purposes for writing, modeling by teachers who are members of the writing and arts community, and metacognitive awareness of authorial choices in lexicon, diction, voice, conventions, and mechanics when writing. The author uses the participant's educational experience to develop recommendations to help teachers address the concern of nonstandard conventions appearing in student writing.
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Experience, Writing Instruction, Adolescents, Females, Synchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Handheld Devices, Writing Skills, Discourse Communities, Discourse Analysis, Interviews, Video Technology, Writing (Composition)
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