Learning to write in Finland starts in the very first week of Year 1. In Finland children start school the year they turn seven and the school year starts in August, meaning some are 7 1/2 before they start. The school day is quite short (8am-1pm) and children are in classes of 20 children. TheContinue reading “Learning to (hand)write in Finland”
Well it was a long time coming, but I can finally start to share some of the findings of my Handwriting and Keyboarding survey with you. However, before I start with the survey findings I want to report on my visit to Finland in August and September 2016. What about Finland? I was lucky enoughContinue reading “What about Finland?”
Do you prefer to write on paper – or – write using a computer and keyboard? Or – do you do both – for different reasons? How important are handwriting and computer keyboarding skills in 2016? This study was conducted in 2016 and the findings reported via more recent blog postings.
Becoming a writer began in 2007 and has a particular focus on the relationship between talking, drawing and early writing. Each year since 2007 Noella has worked closely with preschool and early years teachers and gathered extensive data from young children. An exciting professional outcome of the Becoming a Writer Research has been the developmentContinue reading “Becoming a Writer Project”
About the Writing Analysis Tool Writing is a complex process, and this complexity poses particular challenges when researchers and teachers approach the task of analysing young students’ writing samples. This tool is designed to map shifts over time in the range of skills and competencies young writers use to communicate intended meanings and messages usingContinue reading “Writing Analysis Tool”