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Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Early Childhood Education

1983

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A Longitudinal Study To Investigate Young Children’S Changing Perceptions And Abilities Within The Writing Process, Lynne Ellen Keefer May 1983

A Longitudinal Study To Investigate Young Children’S Changing Perceptions And Abilities Within The Writing Process, Lynne Ellen Keefer

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This two year longitudinal study was designed to investigate young children’s changing perceptions and abilities within the writing process. Twenty-one children were interviewed and asked to produce writing samples at four intervals during two school years, nursery school and kindergarten. Responses to questions were categorically arranged and writing episodes were classified among five levels that emerged. Changes among categories and levels were reported and observations were discussed.

Data suggested that children have a limited perspective of the functions of writing. Children were observed to progress from writing their own name, to writing names of significant others, to writing one ...