ERIC Number: EJ1099236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Handwriting in 2015: A Main Occupation for Primary School-Aged Children in the Classroom?
McMaster, Emily; Roberts, Tara
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, v9 n1 p38-50 2016
Historically, handwriting is a skill acquired by children in the classroom. The relevance of this skill today is currently debated due to advances in technology. A nonexperimental time-series design investigated how much time Australian primary school children spend on handwriting in the classroom. A second aim investigated how much time was spent on technology activities in the classroom. Three schools participated and nine classrooms were observed. Findings indicated that the use of technology is still emerging in a primary school classroom and, although time spent on fine motor activities has reduced, handwriting remains a main occupation for children in the classroom in the early 21st century.
Descriptors: Handwriting, Elementary School Students, Class Activities, Classroom Observation Techniques, Time Factors (Learning), Time on Task, Technology Education, Relevance (Education), Technology Uses in Education, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia