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Shared Territory: Understanding Children's Writing


reviewed by Randy Bomer 1993

coverTitle: Shared Territory: Understanding Children's Writing
Author(s): Margaret Himley
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0195061896, Pages: , Year:
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The shared territory of Margaret Himley's title is language itself, which in the case of writing means, for her, the text, the product. It is Himley's thesis that researchers learn the most about children's writing when they limit their attention to the thing written. Such a notion may sound sensible enough until one realizes what is deliberately overlooked: the language children use to discuss what they have written, their description of how they wrote this, the oral language in the midst of writing, the ways the piece of writing fits into the writer's life, the physical actions of a writer writing, the social context of the writing event. All of these aspects of writing, which have been central to the work of prominent researchers like Donald Graves, Ann Haas Dyson, Lucy McCormick Calkins, and others, Himley dismisses as behavioristic and unworkably complex. In discussions of student works, even those of her own son, Himley erects a stubborn barrier between the writer and the writing, asserting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 1, 1993, p. 137-138
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 123, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 9:59:42 AM

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