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Evaluation of Different Handwriting Teaching Methods by Kinematic Analysis

  • A. Accardo
  • M. Genna
  • I. Perrone
  • P. Ceschia
  • C. Mandarino
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 41)

Abstract

Development of fine motor skills, especially drawing and handwriting, plays a crucial role in school performance and, more generally, in autonomy of everyday life.

In recent years, the analysis of writing movements that allows to characterize the handwriting process itself, has been directly performed through digital tablets, by measuring parameters extracted from the basic elements of writing, such as components and strokes.

In order to evaluate the handwriting performance in two groups of twenty children each, in which two different teaching methods were used, we examined drawing and handwriting responses by a digital tablet. The dynamic aspects of written traces were studied in five different drawing and writing tasks: a doodle, three graphomotor sequences and a cursive sentence.

Results show differences both in each class across the development and between the two methods.

Keywords

Handwriting learning teaching methods digital tablets 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Accardo
    • 1
  • M. Genna
    • 1
  • I. Perrone
    • 2
  • P. Ceschia
    • 3
  • C. Mandarino
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Department of Development AgeULSSTrevisoItaly
  3. 3.Primary SchoolCernusco sul NaviglioItaly

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