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Handwriting. Part II. The Speed and Quality of Handwriting in Seven School Systems: The Relation of the Quality of Slow Writing to the Quality of the Rapid Writing by the Same Individual


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1910

Amongst school children there is a close relation between the quality of writing at a natural rate and that at a slower rate. For instance, let us take the 26 children in grades 6 and 7 of one school of system F, who wrote at a rate of 33-37 inclusive in the first test and at a rate of 52-60 inclusive in the second and ask whether high rank for quality of writing at a slow rate involves high rank for quality of writing at a speed some 60 per cent, greater. It does, the average correlation for three groups like the one described being about .6. Part of this correlation is due to the differences of the individuals in maturity, but this spurious correlation is offset by the attenuation due to the chance variations in the measures related. Of course, the same relation is not thereby proved to hold also between quality of writing at one's natural rate and quality of writing at a rate much slower than it.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 11 Number 2, 1910, p. 77-77
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10071, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 12:55:36 PM

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