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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.

The Critical Role Handwriting Plays in the Ability to Produce High-Quality Written Text
The critical role handwriting plays in the ability to produce high-quality written text

Given the diversity and complexity of cognitive processes involved in the production of high-quality written text, it seems counterintuitive to suggest that handwriting is a key element in students' ability to create original and well-structured text. However, there is a sound theoretical basis and mounting empirical evidence to suggest that the relationship between handwriting and quality of written text is strong and surprisingly robust.

The focus of handwriting in the curriculum for most of the last century was on legibility, neatness and strict motor control. Good penmanship was central to curriculum in literacy for much of the twentieth century (Schlagal, 2007). ...

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