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ERIC Number: EJ963710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
Authentic Reading, Writing, and Discussion: An Exploratory Study of a Pen Pal Project
Gambrell, Linda B.; Hughes, Elizabeth M.; Calvert, Leah; Malloy, Jacquelynn A.; Igo, Brent
Elementary School Journal, v112 n2 p234-258 Dec 2011
In this exploratory study, reading, writing, and discussion were examined within the context of a pen pal intervention focusing on authentic literacy tasks. The study employed a mixed-method design with a triangulation-convergence model to explore the relationship between authentic literacy tasks and the literacy motivation of elementary students (n = 180), while also seeking to document whether students demonstrated accountability to community, content, and critical thinking during small-group discussions. Data sources included pre- and postintervention scores on the Literacy Motivation Survey, transcriptions of small-group discussions, and transcriptions of interviews with 28 key student informants. Findings integrated across quantitative and qualitative data sources suggest that authentic literacy tasks have the potential to support and sustain students' literacy motivation. Analysis of the discussions revealed that students demonstrated accountability to community, content, and critical thinking. Implications for the use of authentic tasks in literacy instruction, as well as suggestions for future research, are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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