The why, who, what, when and how of handwriting instruction

Noella Maree Mackenzie, Rebecca Spokes

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In this article, we briefly consider the 'why, who, what, when' and 'how' of handwriting instruction in the early years of school. Writing is a complex task that involves the expression of one's thoughts, ideas and knowledge in ways that allow for sharing. Writing is also a process of thinking, and for students it is a major way of demonstrating learning or understanding. While many texts today are multimodal, the written word remains important to most texts and having the ability to express and communicate in a written form is important. Efficient transcription skills allow a writer to concentrate on message creation, while poor transcription skills can disrupt the composition process. While we would suggest that writers in contemporary times also need to develop efficient typing/keyboarding skills, it is handwriting that is the focus of this article.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalPractical Literacy: the early and primary years
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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