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ERIC Number: ED356494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
The Left-Handed Writer.
Bloodsworth, James Gaston
Contrary to the beliefs of many, right-handedness is not a single factor existing in almost all people, with a few exceptions termed left-handed: neither extreme exists independently of the other. During the first 4 years of life there is a period of fluctuation between right and left-handed dominance. Statistics and findings vary in determining the number of left-handed students. Some authorities believe that genetic studies reveal a hereditary basis of the development of handedness, others believe that handedness is a result of environmental factors. While most teachers consider it sound educational practice to allow the student to develop writing skills with the left hand if it appears the child is definitely left handed, not long ago it was considered sound educational practice to force the left-handed student to change to the right hand for writing. Suggestions to assist in the positive instruction of left-handed children include: (1) identify left-handed students and plan special support for them; (2) use a left-handed teacher or older students as a resource person; (3) encourage them to develop a natural slant that is comfortable for them; and (4) on the primary level, group all left-handers together at the right front of the room. While there is some contradiction in the research literature, there are no major contradictions among the majority of experts who are producing pedagogical material in the area of handwriting for the left-handed. (Contains 22 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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