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Understanding Young People's Writing Development

Identity, Disciplinarity, and Education, 1st Edition

Edited by Ellen Krogh, Karen Sonne Jakobsen


210 pages

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This collection offers an inclusive, multifaceted look at individual students’ patterns of writing trajectories, as well as their development of an identity as a writer. Building on rare longitudinal research, this translated text explores how adolescents learn subjects through writing and learn writing through subjects. Contributors consider issues relating to different forms of writing and grapple with students’ ambivalence or resistance to this at school, together offering an examination of how the education system can rise to the challenge of offering today’s students meaningful and appropriate writing instruction.

Bringing knowledge from writing researchers and educational researchers together, Understanding Young People’s Writing Development explores:

  • Young adults’ complicated experiences with the school writing project
  • Practices, purposes, and identification in student note writing
  • Knowledge construction in writing as experience and educational aim
  • The pedagogical challenges and perspectives of writing and writer development
  • Creativity as experience and potential in writing development
  • The impact of digital technologies and media on student writing

Using students’ work to aid the understanding of practice, this book will help highlight the importance of viewing individual writer developments from a social, institutional, and societal context, and raise questions that will advance writing pedagogy and the teaching and learning of school subjects.

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Ellen Krogh and Karen Sonne Jakobsen

Chapter 1: Writing and writer development: A theoretical framework for longitudinal study

Karen Sonne Jakobsen and Ellen Krogh

Chapter 2: Extended formats: Students’ development as knowledge constructing writers

Ellen Krogh

Chapter 3: Practices, purposes, and identifications in student note writing

Torben Spanget Christensen

Chapter 4: Enabling and constraining: Digital technology in students’ writing and writer development

Nikolaj Elf

Chapter 5: Young adults’ complicated experiences with the school writing project

Peter Hobel

Chapter 6: Narratives as practice and potentials in adolescents’ writer development

Anke Piekut

Chapter 7: Identity work and writing development in mathematics

Steffen Møllegaard Iversen

Chapter 8: Creativity as experience and potential in writing development

Karen Sonne Jakobsen

Chapter 9: Writing and writer development: Pedagogical challenges and perspectives

Peter Hobel, Ellen Krogh, and Anke Piekut

About the Editors

Ellen Krogh is Professor Emeritus at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. Her main research areas include disciplinary didactics, curriculum studies, and writing in the disciplines. She has engaged in research leadership as chair and board member of Danish, Nordic, and international research organisations, such as ISAWR (International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research).

Karen Sonne Jakobsen is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University. Her main research areas include foreign language pedagogy, project-based foreign language education, and sociocultural and developmental learning theory. She is a co-editor of Sprogforum (Language Forum – Journal of Language and Culture Pedagogy).

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