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ERIC Number: ED056015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 129
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A Comparison of Speed and Legibility of Manuscript and Cursive Handwriting of Intermediate Grade Pupils.
Jackson, Arthur Dale
This study was designed to compare the speed and legibility of intermediate grade pupils' handwriting who have been instructed in two different styles of handwriting, manuscript and cursive. The subjects consisted of 108 intermediate grade pupils, boys and girls. Raw score data from the Otis Quick-Scoring Mental Ability Test, Beta Test: Form A, and from samples of pupils' handwriting were subjected to statistical analyses. The results show: (1) pupils taught the manuscript form of handwriting exclusively wrote as fast or faster than those taught to make the transition from manuscript to cursive handwritings; (2) manuscript handwriting was more legibile; (3) alignment had the most effect on legibility of both forms of handwriting; (4) less time was needed to read a selection written in the manuscript style; (5) sex was not a significant factor in handwriting speed, but girls' handwriting was more legible; and manuscript handwriting was more legible than cursive; and (6) significant differences existed in speed of handwriting between pupils in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades; legibility increased with grade level; a difference between speed of handwriting compared with intellectual ability existed only when pupils were instructed to write "as fast as you can"; and level of intelligence did not affect legibility. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona