Teaching Writing: Research Summaries With Easy Access

As teachers and researchers, we now have a very clear, convincing and consistent understanding of what makes effective writing teaching.

Below are some excellent reports, papers and research summaries which are all free to access. I’ll keep adding to this list as further research begin to emerge. Incidentally, if you feel something is missing from this page – let us know and we can add it.

I hope you find them useful.

Murray Gadd: ‘What is critical in the effective teaching of writing?

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George Hillocks: Research on written composition: New directions for teaching

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Richard Ings: Writing Is Primary: Final research report

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Medwell, Wray, Poulson & Fox: ‘Effective teachers of literacy. A report commissioned by the UK Teacher Training Agency’

 

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Hall & Harding: A systematic review of effective literacy teaching in the 4 to14 age range of mainstream schooling

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Higgins: Improving Literacy In Key Stage Two

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Graham & Perin: Writing Next: Effective Strategies To Improve Writing Of Adolescents In Middle School & High Schools’

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Grace Morizawa: Nesting the Neglected “R” A Design Study: Writing Instruction within a Prescriptive Literacy Program’

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Centre For Literacy In Primary Education: ‘Writing In Primary Schools: What We Know Works’

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Department Of Education Australia: Writing Map Of Development’

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Jonathan Rooke: ‘Transforming Writing Report’

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Department For Education:What is the research evidence on writing?’

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What Works Clearinghouse: ‘Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers’

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Judith Langer: ‘Beating The Odds: Teaching Middle And High School Students To Read And Write Well

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Pam Grossman: ‘Measure for Measure: The Relationship between Measures of Instructional Practice in Middle School English Language Arts and Teachers’ Value-Added Scores’

 

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Department For Education: ‘Every Child A Writer’

 

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Gary Troia: ‘Evidence-Based Practices for Writing Instruction’

 

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Teresa Cremin, Debra Myhill, Ian Eyres, Tricia Nash, Anthony Wilson &
Lucy Oliver (in partnership with Arvon): ‘Teachers As Writers’

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Dockrell, Marshall & Wyse: ‘Talk for Writing Evaluation report and Executive summary’

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UKLA: Teaching Writing: What the evidence says (£5) *we’ve added this one due to its sheer quality*

 

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