1st Edition

Handwriting Theory, Research and Practice

By Jean Alston, Jane Taylor dec'd Copyright 1987
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 1987, Handwriting reviews theory and research on handwriting, and on children who have handwriting problems, and draws out principles and recommendations for practitioners. The practitioners will include teachers, educational advisors, psychologists and occupational and physical therapists. There has been a revival in the teaching of the basic school skills of reading, writing and number. Surprisingly, however, there are very few books concerning the manipulative skills of handwriting, and this book seeks to fill this major gap.

    While much of the book is concerned with the development and teaching of handwriting skills in ordinary children, it also gives detailed consideration to the problems encountered by children with physical disabilities. This is an interesting read for students of education.

    Authors and Contributors Acknowledgements Preface 1. The Current Situation 2. Beginning to Write: The Development of Graphomotor Skills 3. Pencil Grasp and Manipulation Jenny Ziviani 4. Graphic Development in the Early Years at School 5. Earlier Developments and Current Models 6. Causes of Poor Handwriting 7. Paper for Writing: Research and Recommendations J. George Pasternicki 8. Left -and Right-Handed Writers 9. Assessment Scales and Checklists 10. The Sequence and Structure of Handwriting Skills 11. The Assessment and Teaching of Handwriting Skills 12. Teaching Handwriting in the Secondary School Elizabeth Whitmarsh 13. Curricular Developments in Australasia 14. Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment 15. The Physically Handicapped Child: Special Needs for Handwriting 16. Handwriting and School Achievement: A Cross-Cultural Study Muriel Tarnopol and Nusia de Feldman 17. Conclusion Index


    Jean Alston (at the time of the original publication of this book) was senior lecturer in special education, Crewe and Alsager College of higher education, Cheshire.

    Jane Taylor (at the time of the original publication of this book) was a Peripatetic Remedial Teacher at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, London.