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ERIC Number: ED544702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Should Cursive Handwriting Still Be Taught in Schools? Information Capsule. Volume 0916
Blazer, Christie
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Elementary school students spend less time learning cursive handwriting than they did in years past. The declining emphasis on cursive writing has been attributed to the increasing use of technology, the growing proportion of class time spent preparing for standardized tests, and the perception that the time students spend learning to write in cursive could be better spent on more meaningful educational content. This Information Capsule summarizes the reasons some scholars want cursive handwriting instruction to remain in the elementary school curriculum, as well as the reasons others believe it should be eliminated. Research on cursive handwriting is reviewed, including the impact of transitioning students from block printing to cursive handwriting in the third grade. Finally, the results of surveys conducted to determine handwriting practices in elementary schools across the country are reported.
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A