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Smith, Blaine E. – Literacy, 2019
Although a large body of research emphasises the collaborative nature of adolescents' multimodal composing processes in and out of school, little is known about how or why collaborative partnerships might differ across composers or digital tools. Integrating sociocultural and social semiotics theoretical frameworks, this study examined how three…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Sociocultural Patterns, Video Technology, Cooperative Learning
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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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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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Burke, Winifred – Literacy, 2011
Standard assessment tests have been part of the literacy practice in English primary schools for many years. While educators point to the dangers of "teaching to the test," politicians continue to believe that the best way of achieving accountability is by retaining league tables of these test results. Currently the curriculum is too…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Test Results, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods