Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Handwriting Without Tears Research Review

Handwriting Without Tears Research Review

Ratings: (0)|Views: 721|Likes:
Published by hchristen

More info:

Categories:Types, Speeches
Published by: hchristen on Oct 11, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





Research Review
301.263.2700 | www.hwtears.com
© 2009 Handwriting Without Tears
 Why Is Handwriting Important?
Handwriting is an essential skill or both children and adults (Feder & Majnemer, 2007). Even in the age o technology,handwriting remains the primary tool o communication and knowledge assessment or students in the classroom. Inaddition, greater writing speed “lessens the burden on working memory,” enabling children and adults to “creategood reader-riendly prose” (Peverly, 2006). Children spend a majority o their days using handwriting skills. Inaddition, the demands or handwriting increase with age.The demands or handwriting in the classroom do not always matchchildren’s developmental skills. According to a study published in1992 (McHale & Cermak), 85 percent o all ne motor time insecond-, ourth- and sixth-grade classrooms was spent on paperand pencil activities. A more recent study (Marr, Cermak, Cohn& Henderson, 2003) ound that children in kindergarten arenow spending 42 percent o their ne motor time on paper andpencil activities during the school day. These studies advocate the value o children learning handwriting skills. Theaddition o handwritten components to many state standardized assessments and o a handwritten essay to theCollege Board SAT in 2005 urther emphasize the importance o handwriting. Furthermore, good handwriting isimportant long ater graduation. In
Script and Scribble 
(2009), Kitty Burns Florey writes, “…judging handwrittenapplications or writing positions, I ound mysel drawn to those with legible handwriting and prejudiced againstscrawlers; in every case, the better handwriters turned out to be better writers as well.” She also notes: “Like it ornot, even in our machine-driven world, people still judge you by your handwriting.”Studies have estimated that between 10 to 30 percent o elementary school children struggle with handwriting(Karlsdottir & Stephansson, 2002, as cited in Feder & Majnemer, 2007). Research literature extensively documentsthe consequences o poor handwriting on academic perormance. Graham, Harris and Fink (2000) suggest thatchildren who experience diculty mastering this skill [handwriting] may avoid writing and decide that they cannotwrite, leading to arrested writing development. Other experts claim that illegible handwriting has secondary eectson school achievement and sel-esteem (Engel-Yeger, Nagakur - Yanuv & Rosenblum, 2009; Malloy-Miller, Polatajko& Anstett, 1995).
Children in kindergarten arenow spending 42 percent o  their fne motor time on paper and pencil activities during theschool day.

Activity (6)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads
Florentina Bizoi liked this
Mana Kitteng liked this
Mana Kitteng liked this
Mana Kitteng liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->