Marie M. Clay's Theoretical Perspective

A Literacy Processing Theory

Authored by: Mary Anne Doyle

Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138087262
eBook ISBN: 9781315110592
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Marie M. Clay was a clinical child psychologist who chose to study young learners during their initial, formative years of literacy acquisition. Applying the perspectives and practices of developmental psychology (Clay, 2001), she sought to document behavioral changes in children's literacy development by capturing performance in reading and writing tasks collected over time. She therefore designed studies to gather empirical evidence collected in controlled conditions, and she grounded her tentative theories in the resulting data (Clay, 1998).

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