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Improving narrative writing skills through observational learning: A study of Swedish 5th-grade students

Grenner, Emily LU ; Åkerlund, Viktoria LU ; Asker-Árnason, Lena LU ; van de Weijer, Joost LU ; Johansson, Victoria LU and Sahlén, Birgitta LU (2018) In Educational Review
Abstract
Observational learning is a successful method for improving writing skills in various genres. We explore effects of a five lesson intervention series based on peer observation. Fifty-five Swedish 5th-grade students aged 10-12 years followed this intervention program. The language and reading comprehension and working memory capacity were tested. The students watched short film-clips with peers working with texts. Each lesson was organised according to a theme: reader’s perception of the text, ordering of events, how to begin a story, how to end a story and how to edit a text. The students wrote four texts during the intervention. The quality of these texts was assessed by a panel of trained raters. Results show that average text quality... (More)
Observational learning is a successful method for improving writing skills in various genres. We explore effects of a five lesson intervention series based on peer observation. Fifty-five Swedish 5th-grade students aged 10-12 years followed this intervention program. The language and reading comprehension and working memory capacity were tested. The students watched short film-clips with peers working with texts. Each lesson was organised according to a theme: reader’s perception of the text, ordering of events, how to begin a story, how to end a story and how to edit a text. The students wrote four texts during the intervention. The quality of these texts was assessed by a panel of trained raters. Results show that average text quality (outcome measure), significantly improved after intervention, and that the improvement was modulated by reading and language comprehension. At a follow up occasion, however, text quality was significantly decreased.
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observational learning, personal narratives, writing improvement, intervention, elementary education, intervention for writing
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Educational Review
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20 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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0013-1911
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10.1080/00131911.2018.1536035
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English
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  author       = {Grenner, Emily and Åkerlund, Viktoria and Asker-Árnason, Lena and van de Weijer, Joost and Johansson, Victoria and Sahlén, Birgitta},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Educational Review},
  title        = {Improving narrative writing skills through observational learning: A study of Swedish 5th-grade students},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2018.1536035},
  year         = {2018},
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