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Children's writing : perspectives from research
Dahl, Karin L., 1938-
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Newark, Del. : International Reading Association ; Chicago : National Reading Conference, [1998]

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ix, 158 pages ; 23 cm.
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Central Library LB1576 .D12 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This title explores the findings and beliefs researchers and teachers have shared about classroom practices and children's writing processes. The authors highlight representative studies, describing some investigations in detail and others in general terms with a focus on classroom application.

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Writing for an audience of teachers, Dahl (Ohio State Univ.) and Farnam (San Diego State Univ.) pose two questions: What is the nature of children's writing? How does this writing change as children mature? This text, based on classroom practice, is one of the first in the "Literacy Studies Series" published jointly by the International Reading Association and the National Reading Conference. The intent of the book is to make writing research understandable to the classroom teacher and to provide "classroom implications" and "ideas for instruction" to support the presented theories. In so doing, Dahl and Farnam have underestimated their audience, forgetting that most teachers who would choose to read this text have at least a rudimentary knowledge of process theory. Although the authors bemoan the "one size fits all" approach to writing assignments, their text uses this practice in its suggestions for implementation. This monograph might be of some use in undergraduate classrooms, but it is a disappointment for practicing teachers. A. K. Wilson Buena Vista University

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