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Análise Psicológica

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ALMEIDA, Tiago  and  SILVA, Ana Cristina. Estabilidade gráfica das produções escritas e conceptualizações infantis sobre a linguagem escrita: Escrita cursiva e escrita a computador. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.4, pp.439-451. ISSN 0870-8231.

The goal of this study was to analyze the relationship between children’s conceptualizations on written language and the graphic stability of written productions of preschool children. We also intend to evaluate to what extent the use of the computer can increase the number of letters correctly mobilized compared to the use of cursive writing. We selected 90 children from four kindergartens in Lisbon. Children were equivalent in age, intelligence, and number of letters they knew and differed at the conceptual level about writing. Three experimental groups (n=30) were defined according to the conceptual level (Alves Martins, 1996): syllabic with phonetic, syllabic-alphabetic and alphabetical. Participants wrote the same list of words in consecutive moments (handwriting and computer) and compared the pairs of words produced and the number of letters correctly mobilized in the writing of words at each moment. The syllabic children with phonetypes and alphabetic letters presented the highest number of pairs of words written with total identity (pairs whose words are produced in two moments of writing). The pairs of productions written with graphonomic-phonetic alternation (pairs whose similarity between the words produced in the two moments of writing is close, that is, there are letters that repeat in the two moments of production, although there are variations in the mobilization of at least a relevant letter among the peers) were more frequent in participants at the syllabic-alphabetical conceptual level. The results indicate that the number of letters correctly mobilized in children’s writings is superior when writing is done in the computer and that the pairs with graphological-phonetic alternations question the idea of a linear development in the children’s appropriation of the alphabetical logic underlying the codification writing.

Keywords : Children’s conceptualizations on written language; The graphic stability of written productions; Preschool Children.

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