The intent of this thesis is to explore the current views and opinions that elementary school teachers, particularly Kindergarten through third grade teachers, have on the topic of handwriting instruction in their classrooms. Apart from the teachers, the views and opinions of selected Kindergarten through third grade students are also taken into consideration. Due to the advancement of technology and its prevalence in modern day classrooms, many consider handwriting, particularly cursive, a dying art, with keyboarding taking its place. However, research has proven that handwriting provides students with developmental benefits and helps to refine certain motor skills that keyboarding does not. To better understand the views of both teachers and students alike, the research design consists of teacher surveys and student focus groups to provide a better scope of understanding as to how teachers and students view this change in writing. The data is presented in the form of graphs and charts, which are then examined in detail.
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Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Educational and Human Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Kolb, Kimberly, "Examining the Current Perceptions of K-3 Elementary School Teachers, and their Students, in Regard to Handwriting Instruction in the Modern Day Classroom" (2015). HIM 1990-2015. 1717.