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 Content of Students' Writing

The Content of Students' Writing

The content of students' writing

We classify at our peril. Experiments have shown that even the lightest touch of the classifier's hand is likely to induce us to see members of a class as more alike than they actually are, and items from different classes as less alike than they actually are. And when our business is to do more than merely look, these errors may develop, in the course of our dealings, into something quite substantial.

(Britton, et al. 1975, The Development of Writing Abilities (11–18):1)


School has often been a scene of conflict between the linguistic diversity that students bring with them into the schoolyard and the standard forms of language which are valued in classrooms. Students have rich linguistic resources ...

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