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Handwriting. Part II. The Speed and Quality of Handwriting in Seven School Systems: The Relation amongst Individuals between Speed and Quality


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1910

Rapidity is in and of itself a good sign. If we know nothing about one score or so of pupils save that they are rapid writers and nothing about another score save that they are slow writers, we can prophesy that at the same rate the former group will on the average do writing of a higher quality. Thus there were 20 seventh-grade pupils in system F who, in writing naturally, varied from 29 to 64 words in four minutes, but who wrote just the same number of words (33) in the test in careful writing. The naturally slower ten showed at the rate of 33 a median quality of 14.5, the more rapid ten a quality of 14.8. This occurred in spite of the fact that for the slower ten writing at a rate of 33 was more like their usual habits. It is to be expected that if all had been made to write as, say, 73 words, in four minutes the difference would have been greater. Dividing three similar sets each into a slower and a faster half we find for the naturally slower half a median quality of 13.9 and for the faster half a quality of 14.2 when both wrote at an identical rate.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 2, 1910, p. 76-77
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10070, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 1:19:44 AM

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