Capstone/Dissertation Title

Teaching writing to disengaged secondary school students

Term

2009

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Abstract

This capstone seeks to establish why students disengage from the writing process and what teachers can do to amend this. Key influence for this project was J. L. Christensen's dissertation Disengaged High School Students and the Influence of Teachers: A Phenomenal Study of Potential High School Dropouts: a.k.a. The Carpi Diem Kids (1997) which offered a label, hope, and a possible solution for disengaged student behavior. The author consults students through a questionnaire and interviews to discern what they think about writing and what can be done to improve how writing is taught. Differentiation seems to be the key to appealing to any student, no matter the label.

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