ERIC Number: ED203375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Learning to Teach Handwriting: A Survey of Training Programs in Virginia and Pennsylvania Colleges.
Fairchild, Steven H.; Perry-Sheldon, Barbara
What little research that has been undertaken regarding the handwriting competence of preservice teachers indicates a decline in the legibility of teachers' handwriting, as well as that of students. With this in mind, a study was conducted to identify methods used in training preservice teachers to teach handwriting, to note changes in the teacher education programs, and to learn if colleges were assessing the effectiveness of their program regarding handwriting. A questionnaire was sent to the education departments in all institutions that are accredited for teacher certification in two eastern states. The results showed that no school had a separate course in handwriting and 13 institutions had no program for handwriting instruction at all. Most schools incorporated handwriting in the language arts course or in other methods courses. Few institutions reported significant changes in their handwriting programs, and fewer still foresaw any changes. Only one school indicated using a formalized program to assess its handwriting program. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Philadelphia, PA, March 12-14, 1981).