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Children's Plans for Writing: Characteristics and Impact on Writing Performance

Llaurado, A; Dockrell, JE; (2019) Children's Plans for Writing: Characteristics and Impact on Writing Performance. Journal of Literacy Research , 51 (3) pp. 336-356. 10.1177/1086296X19859516. Green open access

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Abstract

Planning plays an important role in the production of written texts. Little is known about why children plan and the plans they create when they are not explicitly instructed. This study explores the plans that elementary school children in Years 1, 3, and 5 create before writing a text. We compared performance of children educated in Catalan and in English (the United Kingdom) and examined whether the plans were related to their language and literacy skills. Children of all ages produced plans before writing either by producing a draft or an organizer. The types of plan changed with age and were influenced by the educational context. Plans were not associated with either the text length or the text quality. Nor were language, literacy, and transcription skills associated with the plans. School instruction is important for producing plans but, at this stage, children’s self-generated plans do not impact on the texts produced.

Type: Article
Title: Children's Plans for Writing: Characteristics and Impact on Writing Performance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1086296X19859516
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1086296X19859516
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: writing, literacy development, plans, planning
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080992
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