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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.

Writing: A Critical Literacy Perspective
Writing: A critical literacy perspective

Peter was a bright young twelve-year-old in my Grade 7 class at a comprehensive school in London, where I was working as a supply teacher in the early 1980s. He was difficult, always finishing first so that he would have time to make a nuisance of himself. Sporting a glass eye, he was a real toughie. When I introduced free-writing journals one Friday afternoon, the students, egged on by Peter, tested me. They wanted to know exactly how free? Could they use swear words? I told them that as far as I was concerned they could fill a page with the worst swear word they could think of, but they would have to take responsibility for ...

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