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Melanie Sperling
University of California, Riverside
16Publications
8H-index
268Citations
Publications 16
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We assumed the editorship of RTE in 2003. In March of that year, George W. Bush invaded Iraq with the idea of changing the direction of that country toward democratic and peaceful existence in the Middle East. In the same year, on the technology front, the social media start-up MySpace was introduced to the Web, to become at that time the leading social media website worldwide. As well, Apple introduced easily accessible music media via iTunes to anyone who had access to a computer and a modem. ...
This study examines the teaching and learning of writing for secondary school students as it occurs in the interactive context of teacher-student writing conferences - that is, private teacher-student conversations about the students' writing or writing process. Following ethnographic procedures, the study examines naturally occurring con- ferences in a ninth-grade English class for six case study students. Covering an observation period of six weeks, collected data include audio and video tapes...
We guess there would be little debate among educators that a key goal in the schooling process is to help students to thrive academically as they grow into the life around them (to take a phrase from Vygotsky [1978]), and, as individuals with their own sets of experiences, to find in their classes supportive places to do so. Debate occurs when we ask what students need to learn, and how they need to be learning, in order to achieve these goals. The debate isn't new, and it drives such language a...
#1Melanie Sperling (UCR: University of California, Riverside)H-Index: 8
#2Deborah Appleman (Carleton College)H-Index: 2
The concept of voice permeates perspectives on reading and writing and has helped guide both literacy research and teaching. However, what voice is for scholars, researchers, and teachers takes many guises, some in apparent contradiction to others. We offer a theoretical perspective on the concept of voice, situating it within sociocultural accounts of language and literacy and, through a review of language and literacy research, arrive at a definition of voice. In doing so, we discuss the varie...
Concerned with writing instruction and learning in contexts of student diversity, this study investigates how classroom communities were created to support students' writing in two contrasting tenth-grade English classrooms, one in a lowincome urban school with socioculturally diverse students, and one in a largely white middle-class suburban school. The researchers analyze class discussions to see how discussions functioned in creating community in these classrooms and supplement these data wit...
Both research in the field of writing and writing pedagogy have been built to a large extent on the premise that, as a fundamental discourse process, writing has critical connections to speaking. What those connections are has been debated by both researchers and teachers. This article reviews writing research that implicates writing-speaking relationships by constructing two contrasting positions for organizing the research and understanding the relationships: (a) that writing differs from spea...
and respond to her writing, points to some of the problems. At different moments during our one-hour conversation, she made the following observations about her teacher reader: "He's interested in what you have to say"; "you always get the writing back with a grade"; "he tells you what he doesn't want you to do any more in your writing"; "it's like, if there's a verb tense problem-he writes that [in his comments]." Through her remarks, this perceptive student revealed the broad range of her teac...
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