Learning to Write Across the Years of Schooling
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School Discourse by Frances Christie
Book DescriptionDrawing on extensive research of the primary and secondary years, Christie and Derewianka systematically chart the developmental changes in writing across the schools curriculum, enhancing a key area of research in applied linguistics.Writing development has been a key area of research in applied linguistics for some time but most work has focused on children's writing at particular ages, for example, at the early primary, late primary or secondary stage. Christie and Derewianka draw on extensive research in both primary and secondary years to trace the developmental trajectory from age 5 or 6 through to 18. Using a systemic functional grammar, they outline developmental changes in writing in three major areas of the school curriculum - English, history, and science - as children move from early childhood to late childhood and on to adolescence and adulthood.The book considers the nature of the curriculum at various stages, discussing the interplay of curriculum goals, pedagogy and developmental changes as children grow older. It also explores how emergent control of the different subjects requires control of various subject specific literacies and considers the pedagogical implications of their findings. It will be of interest to anyone involved in the writing performance of children in schools, particularly applied and educational linguists.Discourse is one of the most significant concepts of contemporary thinking in the humanities and social sciences as it concerns the ways language mediates and shapes our interactions with each other and with the social, political and cultural formations of our society. "The Continuum Discourse Series" aims to capture the fast-developing interest in discourse to provide students, new and experienced teachers and researchers in applied linguistics, ELT and English language with an essential bookshelf. Each book deals with a core topic in discourse studies to give an in-depth, structured and readable introduction to an aspect of the way language in used in real life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826499929
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Frances Christie
Language Education Throughout the School Years, Paperback (April 2012)
This volume explores the evolution in language use experienced by children and young people throughout school, and the ways they become more conscious about its multi-functionality and the choices open to them in making meaning.
School Discourse, Paperback (September 2010)
Tracks the developmental changes in writing across the schools curriculum, enhancing a key area of research in applied linguistics. Using a systemic functional grammar, this book outlines developmental changes in writing in three major areas of the school curriculum - English, history, and science.
Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Frances Christie
Explores the nature of language, knowledge and pedagogy. This book explores the nature of knowledge, language and pedagogy from the perspective of two complementary theories: systemic functional linguistics, and Bernstein-inspired sociology.
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Author Biography - Frances Christie
Frances Christie is Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Sydney, Australia. Beverly Derewianka is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, Australia.
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