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 III

Section III


Conceptual and Empirical Issues in Writing Development

This section is primarily concerned with longitudinal notions of development and with some of the dimensions that this development can follow. The section builds on much of the previous one by discussing how the form, structure, and content of writing may develop at different points in our lives and in the different contexts and settings provided in school and the world beyond Chapter 22 is concerned with morphemes and children's spelling. Morphemes are the smallest units of meaning and their study, morphology, is an underresearched area in literacy studies. Although a great deal of debate has focused on the educational implications of the phoneme-grapheme correspondences of the English writing system, English orthography may be more accurately ...

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