(Learning to read and to write in a given society)
2003, Vol. VIII-1, pp. 107-120
This paper deals with how cognitive, social and cultural aspects of the learning of writing cannot be separated from writing practices. First, the complex and changing nature of writing is examined in light of an increase in mass teaching , new requirements for employment and new developments in IT. Three research approaches are then presented. They converge towards a wider definition of reading/writing which emphasizes the cultural roots of language practices. These research perspectives are illustrated by empirical data related to reading and writing representations.