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.

Early Written Communication

Early written communication

The study of young children's written communication has a long history that goes back at least as far as Hildreth's (1936) study of developmental sequences in young children's name writing. She reports that her interest in preschoolers’ writing happened somewhat accidentally, as part of conducting comprehensive mental examinations of 3- to 6-year-olds. In the course of administering these tests, she noted that many children were eager to write their names on their drawings, and so, she began to include name writing as a regular part of her assessment routine. These informal observations by a sensitive social scientist led to a systematic investigation of name writing, and her findings that young children's writing progressed developmentally from unorganized scribbles to marks that ...

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