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Connolly, Steve; Burn, Andrew – Literacy, 2019
This article describes the outcomes of a research project conducted at the Ministry of Stories (a London-based writing centre) which sought to develop an online, mentor-assisted, writing platform. Across a 3-month period, at four different sites across the UK, more than a hundred Year 7 pupils took part in the project, using the platform to write…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Program Descriptions, Writing (Composition), Laboratories
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Gadd, Murray; Parr, Judy M. – Literacy, 2016
This New Zealand-based study of the classroom practice of nine exemplary teachers of writing to upper primary-age students explored the significance of task orientation as a component of effective teacher instruction and the instructional strategies or actions that effective teachers utilise to promote such. Effectiveness pertains to teachers…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Writing Teachers
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Skaar, Håvard – Literacy, 2015
In recent years, plagiarism has been on the increase across the Western world. This article identifies Internet access as a contributory cause of this trend and addresses the implications of readily available Internet sources for the teaching and assessment of writing in schools. The basis for the article is a previous study showing a wide…
Descriptors: Internet, Plagiarism, Ethics, Cheating
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Peterson, Shelley Stagg; McClay, Jill Kedersha – Literacy, 2012
Interviews with 216 Grades 4-8 teachers and observations in 21 classrooms show that computers are widely used to teach writing across Canada. Restricted access to computers plays a role in the frequency and types of interactions that students and teachers have with computers in writing classes. Equally influential are assumptions about writing…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Spelling
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O'Sullivan, Olivia; McGonigle, Sue – Literacy, 2010
This paper presents findings from a national project in England, The Power of Reading (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education), which has involved to date 41 projects over 5 years, in 16 Local Authorities nationally, with 900 schools and 1,350 teachers. The paper presents findings for the first 4 years. Our data demonstrate how professional…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Students, Literacy Education, Reading Programs
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Rimmer, Wayne – Literacy, 2008
Effective writing is to some degree characterised by the ability to use complex grammatical structures. However, grammatical complexity is poorly defined in linguistics and related disciplines such as literacy. This empirical study examined the notion of grammatical complexity and its relevance to literacy. Complexity is multifaceted, so for…
Descriptors: Nouns, Grammar, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition)
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Medwell, Jane; Wray, David – Literacy, 2007
Handwriting has a low status and profile in literacy education in England and in recent years has attracted little attention from teachers, policy-makers or researchers into mainstream educational processes. This article identifies a substantial programme of research into handwriting, including studies located in the domains of special needs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Intervention
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Vincent, John – Literacy, 2006
Multimedia has had a widely recognised impact on society, but it is still under-represented in the literacy pedagogies of many schools. This may relate to the way we view assessment for literacy, which is still almost wholly monomodal. Students assessed at a low level as producers of verbal text may respond positively when working multimodally,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Measures (Individuals), Word Processing