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.

Agency and Platform: The Relationships between Talk and Writing

Agency and Platform: The Relationships between Talk and Writing

Agency and platform: The relationships between talk and writing

Writers on early literacy development (e.g., Clay, 1991; Dyson, 2000; Roskos, Christie, and Richgels, 2003; Teale and Sulzby, 1989) have claimed that children's early reading and writing are embedded in a larger developing system of communication. There is a general belief that, potentially, the components can work together to help the child negotiate the world and make sense of experiences within it (Lewis, 2000). However, it is only relatively recently through integrative movements such as ‘comprehension as construction’, ‘reader response’, or ‘whole language’ that interconnectedness has been deliberately fostered (Nelson and Calfee, 1998).

In this chapter, we focus on exploring talk and writing from a pedagogical stance, considering talk ...

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