Handwriting in Young Adults in an Era of Technological Advancements
Spencer, Courtney N.
The purpose of this study was to investigate handwriting and technology as methods for note-taking in the post-secondary classroom, handwriting in daily life, and perceptions of handwriting instruction, both print and cursive, in young adult post-secondary students. Based on the current use of handwriting for note-taking and personal tasks in young adults, is handwriting an important skill which should continue to be taught in the primary classroom? The study utilized a web-based survey given to current students at East Carolina University. Question formats included Likert scale, sorting, multiple choice and open ended. The survey was distributed to a random sample of 1800 East Carolina University students, 106 young adult responses were analyzed. Results revealed handwriting is the most common note-taking method, used by 72.7% of students for 75-100% of the classroom experience. Furthermore, participants reported handwriting instruction is an important component of the primary education. Statistical chi square analysis revealed no statistically significant correlations between groups of post-secondary students based on gender and handwriting grasps. Occupational therapists and teachers can utilize this information to consider the importance of continuing to support handwriting instruction and making it a greater priority in the primary classroom as handwriting was found to have educational and personal relevance while achieving a post-secondary education.
Spencer, Courtney N.. (December 2015). Handwriting in Young Adults in an Era of Technological Advancements (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/5141.)
Spencer, Courtney N.. Handwriting in Young Adults in an Era of Technological Advancements. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, December 2015. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/5141. April 22, 2019.
Spencer, Courtney N., “Handwriting in Young Adults in an Era of Technological Advancements” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, December 2015).
Spencer, Courtney N.. Handwriting in Young Adults in an Era of Technological Advancements [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; December 2015.
East Carolina University