A review of handwriting research: Progress and prospects from 1980 to 1994

Steve Graham, Naomi Weintraub

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Abstract

Contemporary handwriting research has focused on skilled performance, the developing capabilities of children, atypical development, the effectiveness of various letter forms, instructional techniques, and the construction and evaluation of assessment instruments. This paper critically reviews and synthesizes research conducted between 1980 and 1994 in each of these areas, providing suggestions for future research. Considerable progress was made during this time period in understanding the processes involved in handwriting control and development as well as in teaching students with handwriting difficulties. In addition, advances in theory, experimental procedures, on-line recording devices, and computerized instructional programs resulted in an increased level of sophistication. Thus, the prospects for future research in this area are promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-87
Number of pages81
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment instruments
  • Handwriting research
  • Instructional techniques
  • Letter forms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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