Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Instr and Curr Leadership
Rebecca S. Anderson
J. Helen Perkins
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of inner-city second grade students in an afterschool setting. Writing instruction has moved to the educational forefront as standardized writing assessments highlight student deficits; meanwhile, 21st century technology compoundsthe need for student utilization of digital writing tools. In order to address these concerns, this study questioned how a digital writing process influenced second graders' motivation, engagement, skills and performance, and writing identities in an afterschool setting. This semester long study includes data from eight undergraduate tutors and six focal children. Findings reveal three themes influenced the children as they navigated through a digital writing process: social interactions, personal connections, and technology-based text. Interpretations were provided with a model proposed for implementing a digital writing process in educational settings. Conclusions were made specific to empowerment, multiple audiences, afterschool programs, technology use, and writing themes. Implications regarding time, access to technology, and considerations for diverse learners were shared. Suggestions for future research were also listed.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Skelley, Dana Lynn, "Working through a Digital Writing Process: Perceptions and Experiences of Second Grade Students in an Afterschool Setting" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1597.