Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Degree

Master of Education

Program

Education

Supervisor

Dr. Perry Klein

Abstract

To gain some insight on the phenomenon of revision within the primary classroom my thesis research explored the place revision has within the grade three classroom from the perspectives of the teacher and the students. This case study design involves two grade three teachers and 12 third grade students. Three research strategies were employed throughout the duration of research: 1) semi-structured interviews with the teacher and five students to understand their interpretations and intentions of revision in general as well as revision within a particular writing activity; 2) classroom observations of writing instruction and writing activities following the process of one writing activity and; 3) analysis of students’ writing across multiple drafts. Results indicate that although revision was understood and enacted differently between the two classrooms, a strong relationship existed between the teachers’ understanding and enactment of revision and their students’ understanding and interpretation of their teachers’ beliefs of revision.


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