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The Role of Play in Writing Development

Research in the Teaching of English Volume 24, Number 1,


Examines the role of play as a composing strategy for the development of children's writing abilities. Finds that boys use play more extensively than girls, and that boys balance their use of play and marked control (gisting and evaluating) while girls rely on a marked control strategy more than on play. (KEH)


Daiute, C. (1990). The Role of Play in Writing Development. Research in the Teaching of English, 24(1), 4-47. Retrieved September 20, 2020 from .

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