Writing: Combining Cognition and Corporeality

  • Thomas Lindauer
  • Afra Sturm
Keywords: Writing research, basic writing skills, handwriting, history of teaching


The notion of conceptual literacy plays an important role in writing research and writing instruction within German-speaking countries. However, the material and motor components of writing are often neglected in this framework. Recent empirical research show that the acquisition of basic transcription skills, including physical and corporeal dimensions, is an important pre-condition to successful advanced writing skills learning. This article defines the concept of basic transcription skills and their role in the acquisition of writing production skills, as well as their importance for writing instruction. With respect to the SNF-project «Transformation schulischen Wissens seit 1830» (Transformation of school knowledge since 1830), the impact of materiality – i.e. the influence of the different types of writing instruments used throughout the years – on writing, posture and writing instruction are examined.

How to Cite
Lindauer, T., & Sturm, A. (2016). Writing: Combining Cognition and Corporeality. Swiss Journal of Educational Research, 38(1), 143-158. https://doi.org/10.24452/sjer.38.1.4975