Friday, October 10, 2014
Video Modeling and Handwriting
The Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention published research on
a video-based modeling handwriting program for lowercase letter formation with a Montessori preschool phonics curriculum in one of two Montessori classrooms for 16 weeks. The children were allowed to view the DVD on request during phonics lesson time. The results showed the following:
1. phonics skill and letter sequencing patterns improved for the children in both classrooms.
2. children who had access to viewing the video-based modeling showed greater improvement in letter legibility
The researchers concluded that video-based modeling is a recommendation that occupational therapy practitioners may recommend to benefit all the children in a classroom.
Reference: Catherine Candler, Abbey Mulder and Karen Nall. Embedding Video-Based Modeling Handwriting Instruction in a Montessori Preschool Phonics Program. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention. Published: April 3, 2014 Vol. 7, No. 2 (2014). DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2014.930618