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Empowering Young Writers
Empowering young writers
Susan Barrett
Chapter Objectives
  • to discuss the theories relating to the writing process
  • to understand, via two case studies, how children's writing can be affected by particular pedagogies and assessment strategies
  • to consider ways in which we can empower young writers.
This Chapter will Cover:
  • a discussion of the writing process
  • what is meant by ‘school’ writing and the implications of a particular approach to this
  • particular issues relating to writing, leading to suggestions of how we might empower young writers.
The Writing Process

Writing is a hard (Stainthorp, 2002), complex process (Yarrow and Topping, 2001; Medwell et al., 2009) and full of paradoxes (Sharples, 1999). Scholars have long attempted to analyse and describe its unique properties, recognising that, although its signs represent speech (Olson, 2009), it is ...

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