Author

Erin Jacobson

Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Education

First Advisor

Amy Adams

Department/School

Curriculum and Instruction

Abstract

The intent of the research was to determine the effect of talk partners on student achievement in the content area of writing. The research study took place in a public elementary third grade classroom which consisted of twenty students. The four sources of data collection used in this research included two writing samples, an observation form to document the amount and duration of turn and talks, a survey for students and field notes recorded by both the teacher and coach. The data showed an overall increase in student achievement from the baseline to the summative writing samples. The students reported that using a talk partner was helpful during the writing workshop. The results of this research indicate that offering opportunities for students to turn and talk in a consistent manner can benefit their ability to write proficiently.

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