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Volume 88, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0360-9170
  • E-ISSN: 1943-2402


This article is an historical study of the understanding of children’s writing through . The author and her research team did a content analysis of articles about writing that appeared in beginning in 1924 through January, 2010. Analysis shows that a major area of tension throughout the history of the journal has been between conceptualizations of writing as a form of language use for children’s thinking and expression and writing as a standardized set of skills and processes. The authors propose that these positions can be traced, through the pages of , to contrasting perspectives on the value of diversity in experience, interest, and language use, and on standardization versus teacher control of curriculum.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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