ERIC Number: ED257119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Handwriting Instruction for a High-Tech Society: Will Handwriting Be Necessary?
Furner, Beatrice A.
Assuming that some handwriting will be necessary in the computer age, questions remain as to the instructional techniques that facilitate learning in handwriting, whether the cost and time required to teach two forms of writing can be justified, and which form is learned more easily and is better suited for use in a technological age. Effective instruction must be based on recognition that handwriting is a perceptual motor skill. Principles of instruction that are important to teaching handwriting are based on theories of perceptual learning, and research supports the use of perceptual learning techniques. Characteristics of computer assisted instruction (CAI) include individualization of the rate of learning, adjustment of difficulty, feedback, and reinforcement. Comparison of the instructional techniques shown to be important in perceptual learning in handwriting with the capabilities of CAI suggests that computers have the potential to facilitate learning of handwriting. Although the development of CAI in handwriting is in the early stages, available research supports the conclusion that carefully designed computer-based programs of instruction can be of value for some, if not all, learners. It also appears that continued research in analysis of handwriting processes and products can lead to refinement in forms taught and materials used for writing by children and adults. (Recommendations for the development of handwriting programs involving CAI are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).