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ERIC Number: ED505089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-29
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
On the Negative Attitude towards Left-Handedness of Pupils
Makashvili, Malkhaz; Taliashvili, Tamar
Online Submission
Present study was aimed to determine the reasons behind negative attitude of some teachers to the left-handed writing of their pupils. Total of 745 primary school teachers of both sexes, mean age 34, Caucasians, citizens of the Republic Georgia, served as respondents in the study presented. Teachers were requested to answer in writing the question: "Do you agree that left-handed pupils should use their right had for writing?" At the same time teachers were requested to explain their answer in details. Majority of respondents--481 teachers, witnessed that left-handed pupils must be liberated and not forced for right-handed writing. Subjects were aware of negative consequences of forced shifting of left-handed pupils to the right-handed writing. The rest 164 respondents confirmed that left-handers should be shifted to the writing with a right hand. These subjects were not aware of negative consequences of forced conversion of left-handers to the writing with the right hand. Among them 109 reported it is tradition of the school to write with a right hand. They explained that this tradition originates from ancient ancestral preference to the right handed activity in everyday and ritual activities. The rest 55 point to the necessity to use the right hand in school activities because (according to them) "we cross with our right hand". When asked how do they know about tradition of crossing with the right hand, teachers referred to the local priests. Evidently negative attitude of some teachers to the left-handed activity of their pupils is a stereotype originating in ancient beliefs and from incorrect interpretation of Church traditions by some clergymen. At the same time, evidences are convincing, that some teachers are not informed about negative consequences of forced conversion of the writing with the right hand. School psychologists and physicians should provide special training to explain the problem of left-handed pupils to teachers. Church authorities should inform clergymen about the risks of incorrect interpretation of Church traditions.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia Republic