Co-operative writing with embedded multimedia

Schools can improve writing outcomes for primary age children by using a writing process approach that combines co-operative learning with video demonstrations, say Robert Slavin and Nancy Madden

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN WRITING IS one of the most important of all objectives in primary school. The ability to express ideas and tell stories in writing, to write for various audiences and in many genres, is essential in itself and is a basis for success in secondary school and beyond. Yet many children do not learn to write well. This is especially true of disadvantaged and minority pupils, whose writing performance on the US National Assessment of Educational Progress, though improving, remains far below that of white and middle class pupils.

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February 2011