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Where Did Have-a-Go Go?: Approximation and Correctness in Young Children's Writing

Davidson Christina.

Current approaches to early literacy instruction focus on correctness but is it at a cost? This paper outlines an analysis of children's helping talk during independent writing time. It focuses on sequences of talk involving one young learner and those who help him. A comparison across the sequences highlights a concern for accurate recording and trouble experienced because of it. Discussion raises issues about the nexus between getting it right and 'having a go' in early literacy instruction.


Davidson Christina  (Australia)
school of eduation
University of Ballarat

Christina is a lecturer in language and literacy education.

  • Literacy talk children

(30 min Conference Paper, English)