With more widespread use of technology, handwriting and particularly, cursive handwriting, is used less and less often. Yet, handwriting is a skill with academic implications that go beyond just note taking. Handwriting is closely linked to literacy outcomes and has been shown to enhance retention of material when compared to typing (Mangen & et al., 2015; Mueller & Oppenheimer, 2014). While the importance of handwriting to learning is certain, the value of learning cursive handwriting is still under debate. Nevertheless, cursive handwriting is a skill that you may wish (or need to) learn!
The resources presented in this guide focus specifically on helping students to develop cursive handwriting.
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Mangen, A., Anda, L.G., Oxborough, G.H. , Bronnick, K.K. (2015). Handwriting versus keyboard writing: effect on word recall. Journal of Writing Research, 300-319. doi: 10.17239/jowr-2015.07.02.1
Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the laptop: Advantages of longhand over laptop note-taking. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1159–1168.