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.

Learning to Use Alphabetic Writing

Learning to Use Alphabetic Writing

Learning to use alphabetic writing

The initial process of learning to use alphabetic writing is worthy of a chapter in a handbook such as this one, because it is essential for writing in most languages, and it includes complexities, some of which are not immediately evident, that confound some children and even some adult learners. Truly learning to write alphabetically must achieve productivity; that is, one must be able, in principle at least, to write any word in one's vocabulary, whether or not one has seen it in print.1 Young children and adults of low literacy may be able to write a few words, such as their own name, by printing a memorized string of letters, but productive alphabetic literacy for ...

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