“What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades?”
Maria Konnikova, contributing author for the New York Times online, posts her article, “Whats Lost as Handwriting Fades” addressing the changes occurring in education with handwriting instruction. Her article reviews research which supports the importance of the mechanical process of writing and letter formation as an instructional method for reading and literacy. Ms. Konnikova also addresses research about the effects of word processing as compared to mechanical writing and implications for learning based on the cited research.
This bring many questions regarding approaches we use in OT or AT for students and whether the use of apps available for handwriting provide the learning and opportunities needed for our students.
And then again, is it another ” it depends” based on the students specific needs, skills, task and environment?
This is an interesting read with links to the articles, some which are free. Thought provoking.
Your thoughts? What other research confirms these finding?