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Words matter: Thinking and talking about writing in the classroom

Julia Flutter

What excites primary pupils about writing in school and what switches them off? This was the question explored by one Cambridgeshire primary school in a classroom-based investigation focusing on pupils’ perspectives on effective learning. The investigation gave teachers valuable insights into children’s understanding and responses to writing activities, and helped to establish an ongoing dialogue with pupils about the learning process. Reprinted from Topic, 23, Spring 2000.

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