The Writing For Pleasure Centre’s Handbook Of Research On Teaching Young Writers

This free handbook addresses all the major aspects of teaching writing. We would like this handbook to support teachers in developing sound subject knowledge and exceptional classroom practice. The handbook includes:

  • Over 500 research entries covering the major aspects of developing students as writers. 
  • Short abstracts and keyword tags to help teachers find the research they are looking for.
  • An analysis of the analysis and what it is the best performing writing teachers do that makes the difference.
  • A chapter dedicated to each of the 14 principles of world-class writing teaching.
  • Research on the early teaching of writing including compositional development, phonics, encoding, spelling, letter formation and handwriting.
  • Extended entries on major topics such as speaking and listening, reading/writing connection, multilingualism, special educational needs and disabilities, and social and emotional disorders.
  • Focused chapters on the affective needs of student writers, including: self-efficacy (confidence), self-regulation (competence and independence), agency, motivation and writer-identity.
  • Essential literature and suggested reading offered at the end of each chapter.

This handbook is a useful resource for anyone interested in developing world-class writing teaching. Teachers should find what is shared within these pages utterly interesting, informed and helpful.

New to this second edition:

  • New research studies related to initial teacher education.
  • Further research studies on the subject of child agency, ownership and personal responsibility.
  • Additional studies on the subject of writer motivation and writer-identity. 
  • Substantial new studies related to multilingualism.
  • Major additions to the special educational needs chapter. 
  • New studies on the subject of drawing/planning and their influence on children’s writing.
  • Writing in the early years.
  • Studies on encoding and handwriting fluency.
  • New research studies have been added to the genre-study and mentor text section. This includes using this kind of study to influence success criteria and rubrics.
  • Papers on the importance of pursuing purposeful and authentic class writing projects.
  • Additional studies on functional grammar teaching.
  • More information on developing as a writer-teacher.
  • Substantial new studies on delivering live-verbal feedback and pupil-conferencing.
  • Our section on the writing/reading connection has had additional studies added to it.