Ownership in writing

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Thompson, Nina Simone
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1997
The purpose of this study was to explore the thoughts and feelings of two teachers and two post-secondary students with regards to ownership in writing. However, one teacher, even though she expressed initial interest in the study needed to be withdrawn from participating due to scheduling conflicts. A second purpose was to analyze the content of the questionnaires and interviews, which were administered and conducted with each of the participants, in order to discover the important themes in ownership in writing. Utilizing a case study approach, data were collected using self-administered questionnaires. In addition, the primary teacher and the two post-secondary students were interviewed. The concept of ownership in writing is claimed by an individual when his or her writing ideas reflect concerns for meaning, value and his or her audience. However, this claim has to be expressed in writing as the individual's ideas, ways of seeing and communicating, so that they can be endorsed (Buddemeier, 1982). According to Bright (1995), allowing students to have ownership in writing seemed to encourage students to write with "less difficulty and more confidence" (p. 3). Shanklin (1991), believes that students tend to write best when they are allowed to frequently self-select topics, are interested in a topic or are familiar with a topic (p. 50).
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English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching , Report writing -- Study and teaching , Creative writing -- Study and teaching , Authorship