Thursday, December 29, 2016

Research Review on Handwriting Instruction

Research Review on Handwriting Instruction

Educational Psychology Review published a research review on handwriting instruction.  A meta-analysis was completed on experimental intervention studies with K-12 students to determine if teaching handwriting enhanced legibility and fluency and resulted in better writing performance.  The results indicated the following:

  • when compared to no instruction or non-handwriting instructional conditions, teaching handwriting resulted in statistically greater legibility and fluency.
  • motor instruction did not produce better handwriting skills.
  • individualizing handwriting instruction and teaching handwriting via technology resulted in statistically significant improvements in legibility.
  • handwriting instruction produced statistically significant gains in the quality, length and fluency of students’ writing.

Reference:  Santangelo, T. & Graham, S. A Comprehensive Meta-analysis of Handwriting Instruction. Educ Psychol Rev (2016) 28: 225. doi:10.1007/s10648-015-9335-1

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