Adolescent writing development: Improving succinctness using the extended noun phrase

Finch, Mary (2015) Adolescent writing development: Improving succinctness using the extended noun phrase. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study examined an aspect of adolescent writing development, specifically whether teaching secondary school students to use strategies to enhance succinctness in their essays changed the grammatical sophistication of their sentences. A quasi-experimental intervention was used to compare changes in syntactic complexity and lexical density between one-draft and polished essays. No link was demonstrated between the intervention and the changes. A thematic analysis of teacher interviews explored links between changes to student texts and teaching approaches. The study has implications for making syntactic complexity an explicit goal of student drafting.

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ID Code: 90736
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Walker, Susan & Alford, Jennifer
Keywords: Academic Writing, adolescent literacy, contextualised grammar pedagogy, systemic functional grammar, expository text, Coh-Metrix
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2016 01:50
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2016 01:50

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