Writers Of The Lost Art
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#1 May 15, 2007
As a handwriting specialist, I'd like to note the research showing that the fastest and most legible handwriters ignore about half of what makes cursive writing "cursive."
According to a 1998 paper in the Journal of Educational Research (citation below), the fastest handwriters (and especially the fastest LEGIBLE handwriters)
/a/ join only some letters, not all of them using only the easiest joins, skipping the rest
/b/ tend to incorporate printed letter-shapes into their cursive. In other words, where printed and cursive letters seriously disagree in shape (capitals and many lower-case letters), the highest-speed highest-legibility handwriters tend to use the printed form and not bother with the cursive version.
The same research also shows that cursive writers dont write any faster than print-writers of equal legibility: the betwixt-and-between print/cursive hybridizers beat out both the "printers" and the "cursivists," in legibility and even in speed.
Graham, S., Berninger, V., & Weintraub, N.(1998). The relationship between handwriting style and speed and quality. Journal of Educational Research, volume 91, issue number 5,(May/June 1998), pages 290-297.
About that much ballyhooed difference in SAT essay scores between cursive and non-cursive essays: when I checked with the Educational Testing Service (producers of the SAT), the research staff informed me that the difference amounts to a statistically insignificant fraction of a point.
Director, World Handwriting Contest
owner, Handwriting Repair handwriting instruction/remediation service
#2 Feb 6, 2011
I'm Helena and I know it's been a while but that's really crushing. I mean excuse me but was that really necessary? you can't just put a kid down. if I saw this when I was 8 I wouldve been crushed. thanks
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