Handwriting and writing

Authored by: Jane Medwell , David Wray

The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching

Print publication date:  February  2010
Online publication date:  February  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415469036
eBook ISBN: 9780203863091
Adobe ISBN: 9781135183141

10.4324/9780203863091.ch17

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Abstract

Handwriting is a well researched area of literacy activity but remains an unfashionable topic in mainstream literacy teaching. The chapter explores this paradox and reviews research from the domains of neuroscience, graphonomics and psychology. This research raises important issues for mainstream literacy teachers and suggests that handwriting, which may be neglected for many children, is a crucial part of the writing process. This neglect may in turn adversely affect the composition of these children.

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