Monday, February 13, 2012

Student Ownership of Writing


Question: Do students who take ownership of writing assignments become more engaged in writing?

Answer: You would think so. But this research says taking ownership of writing assignments is more complicated than it would seem: “Clearly, the relationship between opportunities for students to take ownership of their written work and their subsequent engagement with that work is not as simple and straightforward as some have suggested.” P. 159.

Comment: In other words, instructional support in the areas of writing process or content is necessary for student ownership to occur. RayS.

 Title: “The Effects of Ownership Opportunities and Instructional Support on High School Students’ Writing Task Engagement.” CL Spaulding. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1989), 139-162.

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