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ERIC Number: EJ832146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
"Composing in the Style of Mozart: An Exploration of the "Struggling Boy Writer" Comparing the Composing Processes and Strategies of Boys and Girls
Jones, Susan
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v6 n1 p97-112 May 2007
The under-achievement of boys in the language components of standardised tests, together with a perception of boys as having negative attitudes towards the English curriculum, has led to boys being positioned as struggling writers. This article reflects critically on this construction, drawing on data from an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded study investigating the composing processes and strategies employed by secondary-aged writers. Annotated timelines were created during the observation of children writing in classroom settings. The children were subsequently interviewed using the timelines and their own writing to prompt stimulated recall of their own decision-making processes. Taken together, the observations and the interviews provide scant evidence to support the perception of boys as weak writers. Paradoxically, their patterns of behaviour are more similar to those of successful writers. (Contains 5 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom