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.

Reflections on the Future of Writing Development

Reflections on the Future of Writing Development

Reflections on the future of writing development

If there is a single rallying claim in the many recent discussions of the future of reading and writing, it is, as Naomi Baron phrases it in her essay, ‘The Future of Written Culture: Envisioning Language in the New Millennium’, that ‘the computer (and computer-based technologies)’ are ‘reshaping our relationship with both the written and the printed word’ (2005: 7). Even in a notably balanced and thoughtful essay, ‘Future Reading: Digitization and Its Discontents’, in which historian Anthony Grafton seeks to look past the ‘hype and rhetoric’ accompanying ambitious new projects aimed at developing a digitized universal library that would provide a computer-accessible ‘encyclopedic record of human experience’ in text and image, ...

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