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Subordination in Children’s Writing

Allison, P and Beard, Roger and Willcocks, J (2002) Subordination in Children’s Writing. Language and Education, 16 (2). pp. 97-111. ISSN 0950-0782. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This paper reports an investigation into the use of subordinate clauses in the writing of a class of seven to nine year old children when attempting five different writing tasks. The investigation was undertaken in part-response to an inspection report on the school by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) which recommended that the school should extend the writing skills of pupils in this age-range. The importance of developing subordination in writing is related to previous research and to evidence from reviews of Ofsted inspection evidence. The different patterns of subordination are discussed, between tasks and pupils and in relation to variation in the writing of individual children when tackling the different tasks. The paper ends by suggesting how similar informal investigations can assist schools in promoting writing development. It also outlines how the teaching approaches outlined in the National Literacy Strategy will provide opportunities for this promotion, particularly by exploiting links between reading and writing.

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Additional Information: a. the teaching of writing b. linguistic analysis of children's texts c. original empirical investigation into an aspect of writing that has not been previously subjected to rigorous study in the UK or the USA, according to the related literature search d. published in international journal e. use of robust analytical techniques for quantitative data analysis and display, illuminated by illustrative textual extracts f. peer-reviewed by UK and overseas reviewers g. 80% This is an electronic version of an article published in Allison, Paula and Beard, Roger and Willcocks, John (2002) Subordination in Children’s Writing. Language and Education, 16 (2). pp. 97-111. Language and Education is available online at:
Controlled Keywords: 5 - 10 , Literacy , England
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 15:57
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 07:58
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