Factors affecting writing achievement: mapping teacher beliefs

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Wyatt-Smith, Claire
Castleton, Dr Geraldine
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Elaine Millard
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2004
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The intersection of teacher beliefs with writing achievement in schooling is a key concern of this paper. The paper reports part of a two-year Australian study that set out to examine in detail how it is that teachers judge Year 5 students' literacy achievement using writing as the case instance. In what follows, we examine the data in the form of concept maps that the teachers them selves made available showing their beliefs about, and insights into the factors that affect student writing achievement. Drawing on these maps, we highlight the range of teacher-identified factors, including those relating to in-class behaviour, motivation, attitudes to school learning, social and cultural backgrounds, oracy and even life circumstances. Additionally, we address how the identified factors function, operating either as standalone elements or within a dynamic network of inter-relationships.

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English in Education
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38
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1
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© 2004 National Association for the Teaching of English. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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Curriculum and pedagogy
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