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OP 32. From Prop to Mediator: The Changing Role of Written Language in Children's Symbolic Repertoires

By: Anne Haas Dyson
Publication: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Occasional Paper
Date: 1992

Summary: Dyson argues there is no linear progression in written language development in early childhood; rather, written language emerges most strongly when embedded within a child's total symbolic repertoire such as drawing and playing.

 

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