ERIC Number: ED405996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Left-Handed Students: A Forgotten Minority. Fastback 399.
Kelly, Evelyn B.
This fastback, a booklet bound "left-handed," is designed to help educators become aware of the problems faced by left-handed students in school and to suggest ways that many of the problems might be solved. Following an introduction discussing a personal experience with left-handedness, the booklet continues with a brief history of the treatment of left-handed people, noting that in Western countries there has always been pressure to use the right hand, as illustrated by the negative use of the word "left" and by efforts to change the handedness of children. Research and theories regarding handedness are then discussed, including views on lateral dominance and findings from genetic studies. The booklet describes school problems encountered by left-handed students in reading and writing, as well as problems encountered in using equipment designed for right-handed persons, especially in manual arts, music, business, and physical education classes. Problems with self-esteem that may result from these difficulties are also discussed. The booklet then presents ways teachers can alleviate difficulties in writing instruction by identifying left-handed students and planning special support and instructional techniques for teaching handwriting, while avoiding undue attention. The booklet suggests that the reading needs of left-handers may be met by closely observing left-handers, for whom the left-to-right direction may seem unnatural, and that vocational and physical education needs may be met by obtaining left-handed tools and by using mirroring as an instructional strategy. The booklet concludes with an essay by Benjamin Franklin regarding the pressures placed on left-handers. Contains 22 references. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adolescents, Children, Classroom Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Eye Hand Coordination, Handedness, Lateral Dominance, Learning Problems, Left Handed Writer, Physical Education, Psychomotor Skills, Reading, Self Esteem, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 North Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; phone: 812-339-1156.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.