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Lesley Lancaster

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 18: Moving into Literacy: How it all Begins

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Moving into Literacy: How it all Begins
Moving into literacy: How it all begins
LesleyLancaster
Introduction

There is very little research into the development of literacy much before the age of 3. There are a number of studies of its development between the ages of 3 and 5 or 6 (Torrey, 1973; Clark, 1976; Bissex, 1980; Luria, 1983; Ferreiro and Teberosky, 1982; Kress, 1997, 2000), and although there are references to earlier stages of literacy in some of these, there are only two studies that deal specifically with the earliest stages of writing and use of notation by children of this age (Lancaster and Roberts, 2006; Tolchinsky, 2003). This is perhaps unsurprising since very young children are not likely to be literate in the commonly understood sense of ...

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