Curated by CLAI
DOES HANDWRITING MATTER? Most states call for teaching legible writing, only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
- When the children composed text by hand, they not only consistently produced more words more quickly than they did on a keyboard, but expressed more ideas.
- When these children were asked to come up with ideas for a composition, the ones with better handwriting exhibited greater neural activation in areas associated with working memory — and increased overall activation in the reading and writing networks.
- Students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard.
- For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information.
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