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lEA Written Composition Study

Hilary Lamb

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (lEA) Written Composition Study is a survey of essay writing in 15 countries; Australia, Chile, England, Germany (Hamburg), Finland, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sweden, Thailand, the USA, and Wales. Since many aspects of practice and philosophy vary from culture to culture, one aim of the project is to provide a national portrait of each country's curriculum and teaching methods. This covers what is taught, how it is taught, what kinds of exercises and assignments are used in examinations and tests, how much time is spent on writing both inside and outside the classroom, how compositions are assessed, and what characteristics in writing are valued in each country.

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