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.

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