Advertisement

Shared Writing in Omani Young Learner Classrooms

  • Fawziya Hamdan Al Zadjali
Chapter
  • 748 Downloads

Abstract

This study explores the effects of Shared Writing practice in developing children’s writing skills in relation to fluency, accuracy, independence, and confidence levels when writing in the English language. This small scale qualitative study involved 23 Omani English language teachers and 23 children from across three governorates in Oman. The data was collected through open-ended questionnaires for teachers, samples of children’s writings and the continuous assessment documents. The findings revealed that the Shared Writing practice has helped develop children’s speed in writing, their spelling, sentence structure and punctuation levels, as well as their handwriting levels. The findings also showed some improvement in children’s confidence at having a go at writing and editing their own work, as well as some improvement in their ability to write independently.

Keywords

Writing Practices Omani Context Writing Process Writes Session National Literacy Strategy 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Abdel Latif, M. M. M. (2012). What do we mean by writing fluency and how can it be validly measured? Applied Linguistics, 34(1), 99–105. doi: 10.1093/applin/ams073.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. AL-Issa, A. S., & Al-Bulushi, A. H. (2012). English language teaching reform in Sultanate of Oman: The case of theory and practice disparity. Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 11(2), 141–176. doi: 10.1007/s10671-011-9110-0.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. AL-Zedjali, F., & Etherton, S. (2009). Literacy development through the integrated curriculum project: The Omani experience. In Enever J., Moon J., & Raman U. (Eds.), Young learner English language policy and implementation: International perspectives. (pp. 149–156). United Kingdom: IATEFL. Garnet Publishing Ltd.Google Scholar
  4. Carspecken, F. (1996). Critical ethnography in educational research: A theoretical and practical guide (1st ed.). New York: Taylor & Francis.Google Scholar
  5. Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research methods in education. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  6. Department for Education and Employment. (2001). Developing early writing: The National Literacy Strategy. England: DfEE.Google Scholar
  7. Gerde, H. K., Bingham, G. E., & Wasik, B. A. (2012). Writing in early childhood classrooms: Guidance for best practices. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(6), 351–359. doi: 10.1007/s10643-012-0531-z.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Grbich, C. (2013). Qualitative data analysis: An introduction. London: SAGE Publications.Google Scholar
  9. Ideal Curriculum. (2009). Using Shared Writing to teach children. Retrieved March 15, 2013, from http://www.idealcurriculum.com
  10. Maxwell, J. A. (2013). Qualitative research design: An interactive approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc..Google Scholar
  11. Ministry of Education. (2001). Basic education in the Sultanate of Oman: A guide to the first cycle Grades 1–4. Sultanate of Oman, Ministry of Education Oman Printers & Stationery.Google Scholar
  12. Ministry of Education (2011). Grade three teachers book basic education course. Sultanate of Oman: Muscat.Google Scholar
  13. Read, S. (2010). A model for scaffolding writing instruction: IMSCI. The Reading Teacher, 64(1), 47–52. doi: 10.1598/rt.64.1.5.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Roth, K., & Guinee, K. (2011). Ten minutes a day: The impact of Interactive Writing instruction on first graders’ independent writing. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 11(3), 331–361. doi: 10.1177/1468798411409300.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  16. Williams, C., & Pilonieta, P. (2012). Using interactive writing instruction with kindergarten and first-grade English language learners. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(3), 145–150. doi: 10.1007/s10643-012-0508-y.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fawziya Hamdan Al Zadjali
    • 1
  1. 1.Ministry of EducationMuscatSultanate of Oman

Personalised recommendations