The Impact of Media and Background Color on Handwriting
Handwriting is an important issue in Taiwan’s school system, and it remains to be determined if tablet computers are a suitable medium for the development of good handwriting. The primary purpose of this study is to determine whether visual and tactile instructional strategies can be used to help students improve their handwriting performance. The study recruited 31 6th grade elementary school students to hand write a short phrase on backgrounds of various colors (white, red, yellow, green and blue), both on pen and on tablet computer. Finally, a questionnaire was administered to determine emotional associations with the various background colors. Results showed that media type does have an impact on handwriting performance, with familiar media (paper) providing better results. Descriptive statistics indicate that using a red background provided the best subjective and objective performance, and consistently produced characters of better proportional size. Red was also found to have an emotional association with excitement and triggered positive emotions among the students.
Keywordstablet computer color writing handwriting educational strategy
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Arnold, E.C.: Ink on paper 2: a handbook of the graphic arts. Harper and Row, New York (1972)Google Scholar
- 4.Hulls, C.C.W.: Using a Tablet PC for classroom instruction. In: Paper Presented at the Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference Frontiers in Education, FIE 2005 (2005)Google Scholar
- 5.Iovino, I., Fletcher, J.M., Breitmeyer, B.G., Foorman, B.R.: Colored overlays for visual perceptual deficits in children with reading disability and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Are they differentially effective? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 20(6), 791–806 (1998)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- 10.Rosenblum, S., Chevion, D., Weiss, P.L.: Using data visualization and signal processing to characterize the handwriting process. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 9(4), 404–417 (2006)Google Scholar
- 13.Tharangie, K., Marasinghe, A., Yamada, K.: When Children Sense in Colours: Determinants of Colour-Emotion Associations. In: Paper Presented at the International Conference on Biometrics and Kansei Engineering, ICBAKE 2009 (2009)Google Scholar