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posted by n1 on Wednesday June 04 2014, @09:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the nothing-but-illegible-scribbles dept.

The NY Times asks does handwriting matter? The Common Core standards stop teaching handwriting after the first grade, preferring a proficiency in typing after that.

However, studies are showing that children learn faster, are able to retain more information, and generate new ideas when they first learn to write by hand. The process of thinking about how to form a letter and putting it on the page stimulates more areas of the brain. This come from the inherent messiness in free-form writing, which can be a valuable learning tool.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Thursday June 05 2014, @07:54PM

    by frojack (1554) on Thursday June 05 2014, @07:54PM (#51875) Journal

    Your so called peer reviewed study is paywalled.

    We don't eve know if the peers agreed or disagreed!!

    In fact, that study was referenced on only one other study, which found at best, a modest 4% difference in "digraph speed" [santafe.edu], a contrived test using only keys that are pressed with the same hand. This didn't translate to over all typing speed.

    So there you have it. The independent (non Dvorak inc) studies show 4% speed increase only on certain letter combinations, but no over all affect on prose typing speed.

    Which is why the corporate world has ignored Dvorak. It yields no measurable improvement.
    Spend the same amount of learning time on Qwerty and your speed will increase by much more than 4%.
    Homeopathy!

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  • (Score: 2) by evilviper on Friday June 06 2014, @07:30AM

    by evilviper (1760) on Friday June 06 2014, @07:30AM (#52111) Homepage Journal

    Your so called peer reviewed study is paywalled.

    We don't eve know if the peers agreed or disagreed!!

    You're sure helpless, aren't you?

    http://www.worldcat.org/title/relative-efficiencies-of-the-standard-and-dvorak-simplified-keyboards/oclc/425403487 [worldcat.org]

    The independent (non Dvorak inc) studies show 4% speed increase only on certain letter combinations

    That's one study. There are many others.

    Besides, you need to get off the "speed" kick. I've already said that speed/accuracy aren't necessarily benefits. LESS STRESS always is, which reduces pain and injuries, and is precisely what the above study found.

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