A Report of Longitudinal Stude of School Children's Writing Abilities (School) Years 6-9 Inclusive

Year: 1986

Author: Arnold, Roslyn, M.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper will detail some of the research methods and findings of the above study. The researcher worked with 35 students in two experimental schools on a four year writing intervention programme designed to promote writing development. Annual writing tests were conducted in the two experimental schools and four control schools. When holistic marking failed to provide

evidence of writing development in either the control groups or the experimental groups, criteria marking was used based on four categories, Audience, Creativity, Thinking, Language. This provided evidence of significant linear trends in writing development, with a significant differential development in the Thinking categozy for the experimental and control groups.