A Small-Scale Study into Teacher and Pupil Perspectives on the Factors that Influence Boys’ Success as Writers.

Student, A. (2015) A Small-Scale Study into Teacher and Pupil Perspectives on the Factors that Influence Boys’ Success as Writers. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The underachievement of boys has been a cause for concern amongst both
educationalists and government officials for many years. The majority of studies
focus on the negative influences on boys as writers; therefore the purpose of this
study was to explore the perspectives of teachers and pupils on the factors that
influence boys as successful writers.
The research was carried out using a range of methods, including: policy scrutiny to
develop an understanding of the whole school approach to writing; analysis of
literacy writing lesson plans prior to the observation of lessons to gain an insight into
the skills to be taught; participant observation of literacy writing lessons to afford a
factual account of events; and finally, semi – structured interviews with three class
teachers and three groups of boys from years two, four and six.
The results of the study indicate that teachers views of boys as successful writers
are personal to them as readers. Boys themselves suggest that use of linguistic
features helps to create a successful writer. Use of discussion and drama to promote
ideas is also identified by the participants in the study as a key factor to promoting
their success in writing.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Undergraduate Dissertations
Departments > Education
Depositing User: Gail Graffham
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 15:53
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 15:53
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1756

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