This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Section II

Section II


In the Beginning: The Development of Writing in Early Childhood

This section provides an overview of the development of writing in early childhood (and into middle childhood) from contrasting points of view. Firstly, the discussion acknowledges that mastery of the ability to transform spoken language into a written form is hugely challenging for young children, given the demands of the multidimensional nature of the task. Psychology offers explanation of the way that writing is an example of human processing in action. This highly complex task requires the simultaneous orchestration of a number of activities; and in so doing, it places great demand on the cognitive system. Across the different theories of the writing process, two ideas are central to understanding the challenge that ...

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