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Handwriting. Part II. The Speed and Quality of Handwriting in Seven School Systems: Differences between Individuals within the Same School System


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1910

We have seen that the school systems, with the exception of F, differ little among themselves in the efficiency of the handwriting which they secure. Individual pupils on the contrary do differ greatly. Excluding system F, we still find amongst eighth-grade pupils a range from a pupil writing only 55 letters per minute at quality 7.5 up to a pupil writing 79 letters per minute at quality 15.2. Of the 15 eighth-grade pupils writing at the same rate (53 words in 4 minutes) the scores for quality (excluding system F) run from 9.1 to 14.6. The variation among pupils of the same grade in the rate of writing of the same quality is also large. In the seventh-grade of system F, for instance, of the writings of the pupil's usual rate there were 74 samples of from quality 12.7 to 13.3. The number of words written in four minutes ranged from 19 to 87. The 87 may possibly be due to overtime writing. The next highest case was 77, and the next 70. After the two cases at 19 there is a gap till 25. From 25 to 70 there is a fairly continuous distribution. Allowing for 'the time of reading the copy and other disturbing factors, it still appears certain that within the same grade some pupils spend at least three times as long in writing the same amount at the same quality. The facts in detail appear in Table VII.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 2, 1910, p. 74-76
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10069, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:13:09 AM

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