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MS in Literacy Education




The purpose of this study was to determine the factors that influence boys’ negative perception of writing then analyze how that perception affects the quality of their work. The study consisted of nine male participants who were identified by their classroom teachers. Data was collected over three meetings with teachers and students as anecdotal notes, observations, writing samples, and surveys were conducted. The results indicate that male students perceive writing to be a negative thing due to the stagnant nature of the process, lack of interest in school based topics, and negative perception of self as a writer. All of these factors combined negatively impacted student performance. Results of this study will be used to inform teachers’ lesson planning in regards to better meeting the needs of male students.

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