ERIC Number: EJ789239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Handwriting--A Forgotten Language Skill?
Medwell, Jane; Wray, David
Language and Education, v22 n1 p34-47 2008
Handwriting currently has a low status and profile in literacy education. This paper examines the situation of current handwriting pedagogy in England and considers why handwriting efficiency has been neglected. The paper goes on to identify a number of studies located in the domains of special needs and psychology which re-evaluate the role of handwriting efficiency. These studies suggest that handwriting is more than just motor skill and may make a very important contribution to children's composing of text. Existing research into the way handwriting efficiency affects composing suggests that further research, more appropriate assessment and focused intervention could all make a significant contribution to children's writing progress and might positively affect the progress of the many boys who struggle with writing throughout the primary school years.
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Literacy Education, Handwriting, Foreign Countries, Psychomotor Skills, Language Skills, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods, Special Needs Students, Intervention, Writing (Composition), Males, Primary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)