ERIC Number: ED216687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Handwriting Instruction and Visual/Kinaesthetic Feedback Processes.
A research study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of using computer assisted instruction (CAI) to teach handwriting. Designed to take advantage of the computer's facility to rapidly transfer large amounts of precise data, the handwriting program used a computer-connected pen as the interface between learner and machine. Nine boys between 9 and 16 years of age from a special school in Canberra were selected to participate in the study based on the poor quality of their handwriting. Each student attended four 20-minute individual sessions per week in which instruction in handwriting was given using computer equipment, and results indicated that positive results did occur using this technique. One important implication of the data collected from the study was that it was not the use of computers in the instruction process per se which produced significant gains in learning, but rather it was the way in which this instruction was structured. Five references are listed. (LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Research in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (14th, Gatlinburg, TN, March 1981).