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ERIC Number: EJ830043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8071
"Dear Sincerely": Exploring Literate Identities with Young Children and Preservice Teachers through Letter Writing
Moore, Rita A.; Seeger, Victoria
Literacy Research and Instruction, v48 n2 p185-205 Apr 2009
In this study, 38 preservice teachers enrolled in two sections of a language and literacy course at a small university in Montana were paired as pen pals with 14 fourth graders in Kansas. The purpose of the research project was to determine in what ways and contexts the literate identities of the children emerged through letter exchanges with the preservice teachers and to explore the influence of the preservice teachers' letters on the responses of their pen pals. The preservice teachers learned that the children expected them to model conventional writing practices and to negotiate meaning in an engaged and professional manner. When they did not, the writing of the children reflected the responses of the preservice teachers thus demonstrating the implications of modeling good writing and the motivational value of responding in a positive, affirming voice to young writers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Montana