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ERIC Number: ED265540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 25
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An Evaluation of the Speed and Legibility of Italic Handwriting.
Duvall, Betty
Noting that introducing students to cursive writing just when they have begun to master manuscript does not provide the continuity consistent with the rest of their education, a Montana school district implemented instruction in italic handwriting. The program was evaluated three years after implementation. Writing samples from all students in grades 1 through 6, 7, 9 and 11 were collected, including a timed sentence with all 26 letters of the alphabet. Fifty samples from each grade level were evaluated. Mean scores for the number of letters per minute were calculated for speed, and literature was reviewed to establish criteria for judging legibility and speed, which came to include size and slant of writing, and form, alignment, and spacing of letters. The results indicated that students receiving three years of italic handwriting instruction scored higher than students receiving handwriting instruction in other styles. Students in grade 7, who had received three years of manuscript, two years of cursive and two years of italic instruction, had the lowest scores in legibility, suggesting that students are unable to maintain legibility during transition from one style to another. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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