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ERIC Number: EJ942889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Adolescent Girl Writers: "I Can Be Good at It, if I Like It"
Chai, Hannah H.
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v23 n1 p29-40 Win 2010
A common perception that girls are good at writing may lead educators to overlook girls. This study examined the writing engagement of three sixth grade girls and how their writing self perception affected their attitudes in a writing classroom. Using a qualitative case study methodology, three themes emerged: the importance of writing tasks, the influence of reading interests on writing, and time as an external factor. Although these themes are important, the participants of this study alluded to a greater underlying factor; that of writing volition, i.e., desire to write. Volition was the key in engaging the girls as writers. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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