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ERIC Number: ED140271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
RESEARCH SUMMARY: Basic Skills in Handwriting and Spelling.
Wenzel, Evelyn
Research related to methods for building competency in spelling has yielded information about three areas of teaching: word selection, generalizations to be taught, and application of spelling skills to writing. Research on word selection indicates that teachers should choose basic, high-frequency words for children to learn to spell, giving special attention to words which are persistently misspelled. The teaching of generalizations should be taught in conjunction with the use of whole-word techniques. Finally, research indicates that it is essential to teach spelling in conjunction with functional writing. Research related to methods for building handwriting skills deals with two major controversial areas: manuscript and cursive writing and the achievement of legibility. Research indicates that, for some students, a shift from cursive writing back to manuscript writing should be encouraged beyond grade six. Although considerable research has been directed toward identifying factors affecting legibility of handwriting, researchers have failed to find agreement on such factors. The paper includes bibliographies of references on spelling and handwriting. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)