ERIC Number: ED265536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Kindergarten Performance for Reading and Matching Four Styles of Handwriting.
A study was conducted to determine the ability of kindergarten children to match manuscript, cursive, italic, and D'Nealian handwritten letters to typeset letters, their ability to read letters in these five styles, and the relationship of reading and matching abilities. Children were asked to match typeset distractors to lower case letters handwritten in four styles using a Matching Letter Styles Test, to read the same small letters reproduced on flash cards in the handwriting and typeset styles, and to write the letters "b" and "d" like the four handwriting models. Results showed that students were able to match manuscript style no better than they were able to match italic style to typeset letters. The students were able to read manuscript, italic, D'Nealian style letters and typeset equally well. The results suggest that manuscript does not resemble the print in books for young children, and that teaching manuscript because it more nearly resembles book print is not a legitimate approach. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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