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ERIC Number: ED263560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 16
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A Comparison of Handwriting Strategies for Primary Grade Students.
Farris, Pamela J.
In a longitudinal study comparing two different methods of handwriting instruction, the manuscript and cursive styles of D'Nealian and Zaner Bloser were compared. Subjects were 86 first and second graders, from four classrooms in a rural Illinois school district, taught according to only one or the other of these methods since kindergarten. A primary grade teacher, with experience teaching both styles of writing and trained to use the handwriting error analysis scale, rated writing samples of first graders (taken in November) and second graders (taken in November and April). Manuscript samples written at the first grade level showed no significant differences. However, the D'Nealian method produced fewer letter reversals and a significant correlation to beginning reading achievement. At the second grade level, the third handwriting sample was written in manuscript while the fourth was in cursive. The Zaner Bloser group performed significantly better in cursive writing in all categories except one, while the D'Nealian group had a higher correlation between handwriting legibility and word reading. The mixed results suggest that while the D'Nealian method shows promise, the Zaner Bloser method still merits consideration when choosing a handwriting method. (Samples of student writing are attached.) (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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