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There is increasing evidence that mastering handwriting skills play an important role on academic achievement. This is a slow process that begins in kindergarten: at this age, writing is very similar to drawing (i.e. scribbles); from there, it takes several years before children are able to write competently. Many studies support the idea that motor training plays a crucial role to increase mental representations of the letters, but relatively little is known about the specific relation between handwriting skills and teaching practices. This study investigated the efficacy of cursive writing teaching. The sample comprised 141 students attending eight classes of the first grade of primary school, all with typical development, not exhibiting any cognitive or sensory disabilities, nor displaying motor disorders that could significantly hinder the execution of the writing task. We tested whether the development of academic writing skills could be effectively supported by training strategies focusing on cursive writing. All rules and characteristics of the letters were explained by demonstrating the correct writing movements, based on the idea that movement learning becomes more valuable when children begin to connect the letters in order to write individual words. Growth models on pre-, post- and follow-up measures showed that performance on prerequisites and writing and reading skills were better overall among the children in the intervention group as compared to control group.
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Members of staff responsible for TEACHING students in a school from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Health and nursing care given to primary and secondary school students by a registered nurse.
Professionals responsible for teaching in an institution or place of learning such as a school, college, vocational institute, or university.
Teaching and administrative staff having academic rank in a pharmacy school or department.
The writing of history; the principles, theory, and history of historical writing; the product of historical writing. (Webster, 3d ed)
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