Reluctant writers project

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Mallone, John
Issue Date
2009
Educational Level
ISCED Level 1 Primary education
ISCED Level 2 Lower secondary education
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Abstract
Background: The purpose of the study was to explore if using active stimuli for writing would motivate boys who were reluctant to write, and to raise their self-esteem by giving them a sense of achievement.

Aims: The main aim was to motivate boys who were reluctant to write by using active stimuli and to raise their self-esteem by giving them a sense of achievement.

Methods: The participants were boys with low self-esteem who were reluctant to write. They were supported by teachers, LA English adviser, and adults unknown to the pupils. The aim was to motivate the boys to write and raise their self-image.
Methods used included taking the pupils off site, using drama activities, having an extra adult present, and providing a celebratory event involving parents.

Findings: The main findings of this case study are that using active stimuli for writing, such as drama activities and taking pupils off-site, can motivate boys who are reluctant to write and improve their self-image. This can lead to extended pieces of narrative writing and poems.

Implications: The findings suggest that using active stimuli for writing can be an effective way to motivate boys who are reluctant to write, and can help to raise their self-image and sense of achievement. It can also encourage collaboration between schools.
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Secondary education , English - writing
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