The Effect of Difficult Letters on Primary School Students’ Writing Ability

Jee, Kai Yen and Lee, Julia Ai Cheng (2014) The Effect of Difficult Letters on Primary School Students’ Writing Ability. Best Practices in Language Learning and Teaching Conference Proceedings. pp. 125-130. ISSN -

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Abstract

The study examined the effect of difficult letters on Malaysian primary school students’ writing ability. A sample of 150 and 162 Primary Two students in study 1 and study 2 respectively were examined. The students exhibited a range of proficiency in their ability to write their full names, capital letters, small letters, and to copy words. Capital letters G, M, W, and Y and small letters g, j, q, k, and f were difficult letters. In study 1, students with higher percentage of difficult letters in their names had significantly lower name writing scores. Also, in study 1, students with higher difficulties in writing small letter q had significantly lower scores in copying the word queen. This study shed light on the importance of transcription (i.e., the students’ ability to write the dictated letters) as some letters are difficult for the students to write. Implications of the findings on handwriting instruction and intervention are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: transcription, handwriting, difficult letters, primary school, writing ability, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Ai Cheng
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 00:37
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 06:20
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/21666

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