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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
Dyson, Anne Haas – 2003
Building on the author's groundbreaking work in "Building Superheroes," this book traces the influence of a wide-ranging set of "textual toys" from children's lives--church and hip-hop songs, rap music, movies, TV, traditional jump-rope rhymes, the words of professional sports announcers and radio deejays--upon school learning…
Descriptors: Black Culture, Blacks, Cultural Literacy, Folk Culture
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Dyson, Anne Haas; Genishi, Celia – Language Arts, 1988
Defines the value of classroom research in terms of three paradoxes: (1) it steps back by taking an intimate look; (2) it yields a holistic view but also reveals the dynamics of its parts; and (3) it is a unique whole and a part of inquiry into language and learning. (RS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Research, Holistic Approach, Qualitative Research
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 2005
The art of spoken word has captured youthful spirits all over the country, especially in heterogeneous urban centers. In this essay, the author opens up for re-consideration a central issue in language arts education, one suggested by the very writing of spoken word: how educators think about the relationship between oral and written language and…
Descriptors: Written Language, Relationship, Oral Language, Urban Schools
Dyson, Anne Haas; And Others – 1997
This book reports on conversations in which elementary schoolteachers--who have taught in urban settings for an average of 20 years each--reflect on their professional work. The conversations in the book testify to the teachers' ability to engage young people in active learning--and their stories of teaching and learning verify that difference…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Schools, Language Arts
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 1992
Focuses on the writing aspect of the language arts curriculum. Introduces six-year-old Jameel, who illustrates a critical appraisal of an enacted curriculum. Rethinks the appropriateness of tensions between "process,""skills," and "heritage." Discusses the open, reflective stance of Jameel's teacher, who illustrates…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Change, English Curriculum, Learning Processes
Dyson, Anne Haas; Freedman, Sarah Warshauer – 1991
In continuing and building upon past efforts, the National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, in collaboration with researchers and practitioners around the world, is forging new theoretical and pedagogical directions in writing and literacy. The Center's research projects and activities aim to respond boldly and straightforwardly to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mission Statements, Research Needs
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Language Arts, 1983
Examines the connections between children's writing and their earlier developed form of graphic symbolism--drawing--and explores research on early writing development. Considers the range of contexts for drawing and writing presented in the classroom. (HTH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Processes, Developmental Stages, Elementary Education
Dyson, Anne Haas; Jensen, Julie M. – Momentum, 1981
The authors assert that school writing programs inhibit students through meaningless topic assignments and emphasis on the technical aspects of transcription rather than the really basic skill of composing. They describe a first-grade classroom ideal for writing instruction, where the teacher collaborates in children's writing, instead of teaching…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Class Organization, Elementary Education, Grade 1
Dyson, Anne Haas – 1987
Focusing on children's developmental use of written language in kindergarten and first grade, this report looks at connections between the social and academic dimensions of classroom life. The first section examines literacy as an aspect of growing up and becoming a member of society. By highlighting the social and academic divisiveness schooling…
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Child Development, Child Language, Classroom Environment
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Dyson, Anne Haas – English Education, 1986
Argues that a teacher must develop activities for the classroom with the uniqueness of a particular group of students in mind and that a set of activities that works in one setting should not become a static curriculum, uncritically adopted as a formula. (SRT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cognitive Style, Dictation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Reading Research and Instruction, 1986
Urges extended and broadened use of error analysis in school activities because observing how children perform during varied literacy activities can allow clues to their linguistic rules for using oral and written language and the sociolinguistic rules children are discovering in the classroom. (DF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Language Patterns
Dyson, Anne Haas – 1995
Adult ways of writing--of constructing textual visions of--children are linked to their ways of envisioning themselves and, more broadly, to their perceptions of fully "developed" adults. Thus, developmental visions have traditionally taken for granted the social and psychological worlds of privileged adults. This essay aims to make problematic…
Descriptors: Adults, Case Studies, Emergent Literacy, Grade 2
Dyson, Anne Haas – 1990
More than one metaphor can be used in reflecting on and guiding literacy teaching and learning in the early years. The currently popular metaphor of "scaffolding" alone cannot capture the challenge of responding to the diversity of young children's intentions in literacy activities. An additional metaphor of "weaving" may…
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Classroom Research, Educational Theories, Emergent Literacy
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Journal of Reading Behavior, 1992
Argues that, even for young children, composing of both oral and written texts is sociocultural process. Highlights variation in kind of oral and written genres child uses, in kinds of discourse traditions child draws upon, and kind of relationships child author enacts with others. Discusses implications of sociocultural perspective on young…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Ethnography, Interpersonal Communication, Multicultural Education
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