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Handwriting. Part II. The Speed and Quality of Handwriting in Seven School Systems: The Relations of Differences in Results to Differences in Means and Methods of Teaching Handwriting


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1910

Not much can be proved by relating these differences to differences in means and methods of teaching handwriting, since the number of school systems studied is so few. F, which is so markedly superior, uses vertical writing of a special system arranged by the supervisor of handwriting, uses writing books, devotes 75 minutes weekly to specific instruction and practice in writing in grades 5, 6, and 7 (of what is done up to grade 5, I have no report), and 30 minutes weekly in grade 8. The teachers in general follow the same system in writing on the blackboard. The other systems are about alike in general merit in handwriting, A, B, and C gaining speed at a reasonable cost in quality. A and B teach no fixed system, devote no time to penmanship as such, and permit the teachers to write according to any or no system. C uses a medium slant or intermediate or business system, uses copy books, devotes 50 to 60 minutes weekly to penmanship as such, and has the teachers use the system taught to the pupils. D uses a modified Spencerian with copy books, devotes 50 to 75 minutes weekly in grades 5 and 6, and 75 to 100 in grades 7 and 8, to penmanship as such, and has the teachers follow the system in their own writing. E uses a forward slant, and devotes 100 minutes in grade 6, 60 to 90 in grade 7, and 60 in grade 8, to penmanship as such.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 2, 1910, p. 73-74
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10068, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 12:53:19 PM

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