In 2014, I was honored to be asked to write an essay about writing development for the very first edition of Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, published by the Charlotte Mason Institute and Riverbend Press. This essay explains the results from my dissertation and the resulting Theory of Personal Integration (Spencer, 2012). It answers such questions as why Mason waited so long to introduce formal writing instruction, how writing actually improves by reading instead of by writing practice, why some students progress further in writing than others, and how Mason's overall model leads to proficient writing skills when implemented with fidelity. The book also includes pieces by Dr. John Thorley, Dr. Deani Van Pelt, Margaret Coombes, and Art Middlekauff. If you click on the photo, you will be taken to the Riverbend Press page, where you can order a copy for $20.
I am always interested in guest blogging and writing articles. I also love research and am constantly looking for ways to reach a wider audience, particularly in the public and academic sectors. If you like what you see here and would like some help articulating Mason's ideas in your school literature, or if you have a research project or white paper you are interested in pursuing, please feel free to contact me. I am also happy to come and speak about any of the topics covered on this page.