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ERIC Number: EJ900225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Experiences with Personal, Academic, and Hybrid Writing: A Study of Two High School Seniors
Smagorinsky, Peter; Augustine, Sharon Murphy; O'Donnell-Allen, Cindy
English in Australia, v42 n3 p55-73 2007
This study focuses on two high school seniors as they wrote in their British Literature and Psychology classes. We analyse the writing experiences of the two volunteer students as they produced formal academic writing (research, essays, and synopses), personal writing (poems, stories, and personal narratives), and hybrid writing (research written in the form of a letter to a classmate). The primary data came from concurrent and retrospective protocols produced by the two students in relation to their writing. Additional data sources--classroom observations, the teacher's teaching journal, curriculum materials, and the students' writing portfolios--helped to contextualise their writing. Through the protocol analysis we found that the students' academic writing was often a frustrating experience due to their efforts to take on the authoritative voice of their sources; their personal writing was more satisfying and engaging because they could rely on familiar events and a more fluent voice for expression; and the hybrid writing allowed them to engage with the content of formal research with the comfortable voice of their personal writing. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A