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Paired writing: Helping beginning writers get started

Marie Cameron, Helen Depree, Joanne Walker, and Dennis Moore

We know that children learn better when they are supported during new learning by someone who is more expert than they are. At a multi-cultural school in one of the five most “at risk” areas in Auckland, peer tutors were able to learn and operate paired writing techniques, with the teacher as coach. Improvements in unaided writing were clearly evident for both the tutored and the tutors.

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