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The Process Approach to Writing Instruction: Examining Its Effectiveness

Publication: Handbook of Writing Research
Date: 2005

Handbook of Writing Research

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Authors Ruie J. Pritchard and Ronald L. Honeycutt review theory and research on the writing process model, as well as research concerning the National Writing Project's influence on teacher professional development and on advancing the pedagogical principles associated with the writing process.

First, they provide a historical overview of the writing process model in teaching writing. Then they critique studies that evaluate the writing process model in terms of its impact on K–12 students and on how writing is taught. This is followed by a review of the research on the NWP model for professional development—research that shows the positive effects of NWP training on teacher practices and student achievement. Finally, the authors make suggestions for needed research.

Ruie Pritchard and Rick Honeycutt's chapter, "The Process Approach to Writing Instruction: Examining Its Effectiveness," excerpted from Handbook of Writing Research, (copyright 2005), edited by Charles A. MacArthur, Steven Graham, and Jill Fitzgerald, is reprinted with permission of the Guilford Press. http://www.guilford.com

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