ERIC Number: ED263608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Evaluation of Eleventh Grade Students' Writing Supports Teaching Italic Handwriting.
The handwriting of 756 eleventh grade students was evaluated to determine whether their handwriting styles would be characteristic of the manuscript or cursive styles they had been taught. Subjects had been taught Zaner-Bloser manuscript in primary grades with a transition to cursive in third grade. Analysis of handwriting samples revealed a wide variation in handwriting styles. The samples were grouped into the following categories: cursive, straight cursive, italic cursive, roundy cursive, manuscript, italic print, backhand, and block print. The results indicated that although these students had been taught manuscript and cursive, none of the students wrote manuscript and only approximately 13% wrote cursive characteristic of Zaner-Bloser style cursive. Although no students had received instruction in italic, 47% of the students wrote italic cursive or italic print and nearly 2 1/2 times as many students wrote italic cursive as wrote the commercial cursive style they had been taught. The results support the ideas of teaching both italic print instead of manuscript and italic cursive instead of commercial cursive. (Evaluation criteria and samples for each of the handwriting styles are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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