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Will NAPLAN’s online move hurt creative writing?

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Brett Henebery | 09 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM Agree 0
There are fears that moving NAPLAN online will create an ‘additional hurdle’ for struggling students
  • Hazel Edwards | 10 Feb 2017, 06:44 AM Agree 0
    As an author, I appreciate the Seven Steps approach to Creative Writing in connection with NAPLAN. It's so important to retain the enjoyment and joy of writing for educators and for students. But it's also realistic to learn to write online.
  • Gail B | 11 Feb 2017, 04:18 PM Agree 0
    Firstly, there is valid Australian research on the importance of fluent (accurate, legible & fast) handwriting & the significant impact on writing quality & quantity by Carol Christensen (UQ). Her research includes fluency data on keyboarding as well.this is critical with the move to online writing tasks. This is important for schools.
    Secondly, timed writing is a different task from most writing? We can't change that.
    Thirdly, there are credible online writing measures that are more consistent & correlate highly with human markers for writing tasks.
    Finally - before we deal with writing - we need to address reading comprehension? If students can't understand texts & learn - ultimately this limits their writing?
    Hoping this adds some focus on valid research to this discussion!
    Best always, Gail Brown
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