Interpreting young people’s self-expression through characters and relationships in collaborative creative writing

de Carvalho, E. and Skipper, Y. (2022) Interpreting young people’s self-expression through characters and relationships in collaborative creative writing. Support for Learning, 37(1), pp. 144-160. (doi: 10.1111/1467-9604.12399)

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Abstract

White Water Writers is an intervention that offers school pupils the opportunity to collaboratively write a novel in a week. The current study uses thematic analysis to interpret the voices of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities through the characters and relationships created in this fictional writing. The main themes derived from the data were: heroism and villainy, associated with characteristics such as responsibility and control; fictional powers, linking to personal agency; social relations, including positive relationships with peers and authority figures; and anthropomorphism, for exploring new emotions and interactions between humans and animals. This suggests that creative writing may be a useful lens through which to explore young people's views of their lived experiences.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Skipper, Dr Yvonne
Authors: de Carvalho, E., and Skipper, Y.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:Support for Learning
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0268-2141
ISSN (Online):1467-9604
Published Online:18 February 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 NASEN
First Published:First published in Support for Learning 37(1): 144-160
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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