The Effects of Manuscript, Cursive or Manuscript/Cursive Styles on Writing Development in Grade 2

  • Marie-France Morin Université de Sherbrooke
  • Natalie Lavoie Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Isabelle Montésinos-Gelet Université de Montréal
Keywords: handwriting, teaching practices, primary school, spelling, text production

Abstract

In the research area of writing development, an increasing number of researchers suggest that graphomotor skills could be much more important than they appear to be (Christensen, 2009). Few researchers have studied the link between handwriting and teaching practices, despite the fact that some studies indicate its importance (Graham, 2010). The general objective of this study is to explore the relationship between different handwriting styles and the development of writing skills among 715 children in Grade 2. Generally, our results show that the three handwriting styles (manuscript/cursive, manuscript, and cursive) have different effects on writing development (speed, quality, word production, and text production).

Author Biographies

Marie-France Morin, Université de Sherbrooke

Professeure titulaire (Ph.D.) /Professor

Département d'études sur l'adaptation scolaire et sociale / Department of Special education

Faculté d'éducation /Faculty of Education 

Natalie Lavoie, Université du Québec à Rimouski

professeure Ph.D. / Professor

Département des sciences de l'éducation/ Department of Education

Isabelle Montésinos-Gelet, Université de Montréal

professeure titulaire Ph.D. /Professor

Département de Didactique

Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation / faculty of education

Published
2012-01-25
How to Cite
Morin, M.-F., Lavoie, N., & Montésinos-Gelet, I. (2012). The Effects of Manuscript, Cursive or Manuscript/Cursive Styles on Writing Development in Grade 2. Language and Literacy, 14(1), 110-124. https://doi.org/10.20360/G21S3V
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