Title

Socialization to Writing: When Writing Is Not “School-Like.”

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Publication Source

Talking Points

Volume

27

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

13-20

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper presents a case study on writing in a home setting. It is based on the notes written by an eight-year-old girl for approximately one year. The notes are analyzed from the perspective of practical theory whereby theories emerging from the notes are put forth and discussed in relation to writing instruction. This paper shows that writing is a social practice situated within multiple Discourses (with a capital “D”). It argues that writing is acquired through socialization rather than learned merely as an academic skill in a setting deprived of sociocultural influences.

Keywords

writing, writing instruction, Discourse

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Language and Literacy Education

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