Title page for ETD etd-12222009-111210

Type of Document Dissertation
Author DeFilippo, Carol Lynne
Author's Email Address cdefili@vt.edu
URN etd-12222009-111210
Title Sparks, Celebrations, and Kids: An Ethnographic Study of Writers Club
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lalik, Rosary V. Committee Chair
Belli, Gabriella M. Committee Member
Day-Vines, Norma L. Committee Member
Felder, Monique Committee Member
  • writing with children
  • read alouds
Date of Defense 2009-12-17
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This descriptive study was designed to be an in-depth, ethnographic study of an after-school Writers Club that had been part of the fabric of a metropolitan area elementary school’s culture for 12 years. The purpose of this research was to learn more about meaning-based pedagogy by examining Writers Club and the activities conducted within it with a focus on reading aloud. As the narrowing focus on skill and drill practices that are a by product of high stakes testing continues to grab time, attention, and headlines, educators and policymakers deserve access to examples of more meaning-based pedagogy in actual contexts. This research was focused on the activities that occurred during club meetings as well as on the meanings that participants of the club made concerning those activities, particularly as they related to the embedded read alouds. Revealed through the voices of selected participants, Writers Club proved to be a venue for read aloud events that built upon the reading/writing connection and served to allow children to develop as writers amongst a community that included adults as well as peers.
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