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Comic creation - John C. Kirk
Dec. 18th, 2006
03:11 am -
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January 21st, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
> Back when I was at primary school, and I learnt to do joined up handwriting, it was >slower than printing letters individually, and in one essay I swapped back to printing >half-way through (possibly mid-sentence) which the teacher wasn't very impressed >with.
If your teacher still lives, find him/her and share this info:
The woes and failures of handwriting instruction come very largely from teachers damnation-bent on equating "good handwriting" with "doing it all joined-up" ... when actually, according to a 1998 study in the JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (citation below) the fastest and most legible handwriters break about half the rules of joined-up writing.
It turns out that 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 — and /b/ use some joined-up and some printed letter-shapes (where printed and cursive letters seriously "disagree" in shape, highest-speed highest-legibility handwriters tend to go for the printed shape).
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.
In other words — joined-up writing comes in, at best, second-best. For more information on the matter (and what to do about it), visit the Handwriting Repair [tm] web-site at