Research has been conducted on dialogue journal writing to determine its usefulness in improving the writing skills of students. Kluwin and Kelly (1991) listed five of the claimed benefits of the dialogue journal, including: Staton (1980) found that student writing improved most when the written communication involved areas of language that focused "on the deeper, meaningful aspects of language - its functions" (P. 516). These functions allow a person to get things accomplished, to find out information, to complain and/or get sympathy, and to request help. The study also determined that dialogue journal writing was effective because it offers a forum for the student to communicate more freely about the matters that are most important to his/her life.

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