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Handwriting Remains Instrumental in Student Learning, Study Says

Handwriting Remains Instrumental in Students' Growth

Common Core Standards require educators to teach students legible handwriting, and while some say handwriting doesn't matter, psychologists and neurologists say it shouldn't be put on the back burner just yet.

"There is a core recognition of gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental stimulation in your brain," Stanislas Dehaene, a College de France psychologist, told The New York Times. "And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn't realize; learning is made easier."

A study by Karin James, a psychologist at Indiana University, showed that mental stimulation in the brain was stronger for those who drew letters on a blank page, compared to those who typed or traced the letter, reported The Times.

"For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information," the article explained.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, EducationWorld Contributor


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