Though writing by hand is increasingly being eclipsed by the ease of computers, a new study finds we shouldn’t be so quick to throw away the pencils and paper: handwriting helps people learn certain skills surprisingly faster and significantly better than learning the same material through typing or watching videos.
“The question out there for parents and educators is why should our kids spend any time doing handwriting,” says senior author Brenda Rapp, a Johns Hopkins University professor of cognitive science. “Obviously, you’re going to be a better hand-writer if you practice it. But since people are handwriting less then maybe who cares? The real question is: Are there other benefits to handwriting that have to do with reading and spelling and understanding? We find there most definitely are.”
The work appears in the journal Psychological Science.
2 responses to “Handwriting beats typing and watching videos for learning to read”
Interesting. writing things down always helps me remember things. I’ve never tried comparing that to typing them instead
I can see how writing involves more of the senses as they say in the item. The more the better. I am going to share this with my daughter who teaches kindergarten.
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