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ERIC Number: ED046948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 147
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An Analysis of Illegibilities in the Cursive Handwriting of 1,000 Selected Sixth-Grade Students.
Horton, Lowell Wayne
The purpose of this study was to collect and analyze specimens of cursive handwriting of 1,000 selected sixth grade students in an attempt to determine analytically how sex and handedness differences affected cursive handwriting. Specifically, an attempt was made to determine those particular letters or letter combinations which were illegible (preventing easy and immediate identification of the letter) to the three judges who read the specimens. The subjects were asked to write as well as possible, and as many times as possible in 5 minutes, the following sentence: "The quick fox jumps over the lazy brown dog." The third sentence in each paper was used for purposes of analysis. Some conclusions drawn from the study were that (1) there was considerable variance in incidence of malformations of letters; (2) the cursive handwriting of the students was less than desirable--25% of the letters of the right-handed girls (who had fewer illegibilities than any other group) were judged illegible, while the left-handed boys (the most illegible group) made nearly one half of their letters in an illegible manner; (3) the results of this study suggest the possibility of a diagnostic-remedial program of handwriting instruction on an individual basis and a developmental program of group instruction in the intermediate grades. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University