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How Children Learn to Write Words

Rebecca Treiman and Brett Kessler


Mastering the writing system of one’s language is crucial for success in a modern society. This book examines how children learn to produce writing. The book provides a novel theoretical framework that integrates findings from a wide range of age groups—from children who are producing their first scribbles to experienced spellers who are writing complex words. To set the stage for these discussions, the first section of the book considers the nature of writing systems and the nature of learning itself. Existing theories of spelling acquisition are also discussed. The following chapters take up ... More

Keywords: spelling, writing, writing systems, orthography, literacy, crosslinguistic, learning, development, acquisition, teaching

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199907977
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199907977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Treiman, author
Washington University in St. Louis

Brett Kessler, author
Washington University in St. Louis