Predicting Early Writing: The Role of Parental Writing Mediation and Children’s Private Talk During Writing

  • Dorit AramEmail author
  • Lili Elad-Orbach
  • Shimrit Abiri
Part of the International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development book series (CHILD, volume 17)


Kindergarteners’ emergent writing serves as an excellent measure of their understanding of the written language and as a good predictor of future reading and writing achievements. This chapter describes a study that examined the development of writing processes through a Vygotskian (1978) perspective. Fifty kindergarteners were recorded in their homes in three situations in a fixed order: (1) writing five words with parental mediation; (2) writing the same words independently; (3) instructing the writing of the same words to a hand puppet. Results demonstrate that there are positive correlations between parents’ writing mediation, children’s private speech while writing, children’s understanding of the writing process as expressed while teaching the puppet, and children’s independent writing level. Beyond this, we found that each of these variables has an independent contribution to children’s writing, with the three variables together predicting 80 % of the variance in children’s independent writing level.


Emergent Literacy Writing Process Writing Task Private Speech Emergent Literacy Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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