The Impact of Media and Background Color on Handwriting

  • Chao-Yang Yang
  • Wei-Lin Hsu
  • Ting-Yi Chou Huang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8519)


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.


tablet computer color writing handwriting educational strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao-Yang Yang
    • 1
  • Wei-Lin Hsu
    • 2
  • Ting-Yi Chou Huang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial DesignTatung UniversityTaipei CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Industrial DesignChang Gung UniversityKuei ShanTaiwan

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