Considering Student Writing from the Perspective of Parents in One Rural Elementary School

Kathy Brashears

Abstract


This article explores the perspective of parents regarding their elementary children’s writing in one rural, elementary school. During the research, thematic strands emerged indicating that parents may value their children’s writing for purposes that differ from the purposes deemed appropriate by the school. Upon interviewing 30 parents/guardians, the following codes materialized identifying elements that contribute to the parents’ perspectives. These elements include the following: Parents do not see the connection between school and real world writing, parents lack understanding on writing purposes, parents’ perceptions of writing are based on their own school experiences, and some parents are illiterate. Not only are these elements identified, but suggestions as to how to address each are considered.

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