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ERIC Number: EJ775664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Young Children's Knowledge about Printed Names
Treiman, Rebecca; Cohen, Jeremy; Mulqueeny, Kevin; Kessler, Brett; Schechtman, Suzanne
Child Development, v78 n5 p1458-1471 Sep-Oct 2007
Four experiments examined young children's knowledge about the visual characteristics of writing, specifically personal names. Children younger than 4 years of age, even those who could read no simple words, showed some knowledge about the horizontal orientation of English names, the Latin letters that make them up, and their left-to-right directionality. Preschoolers also had some familiarity with the shapes of the letters in their own first name, especially the leftmost letter. Knowledge of the conventional capitalization pattern for English names emerged later, after a period during which children preferred names in all uppercase letters. When tested with personal names, the kind of word they know best, young children are surprisingly knowledgeable about the visual characteristics of writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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