Boys Reading Boys’ Writing

Joy Alexander

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    In this study stories written by boys were commented on and assessed by other boys and also by both male and female teachers. The results reveal boys’ attitudes and preferences with regard to writing and also indicate some differences in the responses of male and female teachers. For boys, the performative aspect of narrative writing is important. While English teachers, who are predominantly female, can identify the weaknesses in boys’ writing, they less often note what boys attempt and may do well, for example, ambitious plots, and lack ways to acknowledge and reward such efforts. A number of recommendations are made on ways in which teachers can assist boys both to enjoy their writing but also to improve at it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-53
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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