HANDWRITING IN THE COMPUTER AGE. CATEGORIES OF DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCTS OF GRAPHOMOTOR ACTIVITIES IN CHILDREN AGED 7-13
University of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (POLAND)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2009 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 3rd International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 9-11 March, 2009
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The poster presents the Profile of Graphomotor Skills, which we have developed, in the context of studies conducted in Poland, illustrating developmental and pathological phenomena. This instrument contains the Chart of Assessment of Handwriting and Letter-like Designs and the Observation Protocol.
The experimental version of the Chart of Assessment of Handwriting and Letter-like Designs covers the following categories of description of products of graphomotor activities:
I. THE WRITING LINE,
II. LETTERS/ LETTER-LIKE DESIGNS,
III. LETTER IN A WORD/ THE STRUCTURE OF A LETTER-LIKE DESIGN,
IV. THE WRITING OF A TEXT/ LETTER-LIKE DESIGNS,
V. VERSE ORGANIZATION,
VI. ORGANIZATION OF THE PAGE.
These categories form a system that indicates the direction of analysis and assessment of the samples obtained: from particular phenomena to overall ones, retaining the structural ordering of a text/letter-like design, and gradually broadening the perspective of examination of phenomena. In the list of categories we show the normative phenomena that determine the successful learning of graphomotor activities, as well as the handwriting/drawing mistakes and developmental phenomena reflecting the process of graphomotor skills acquisition.
The empirical material was collected while we were carrying out a research project funded by Poland’s Ministry for Science and Higher Education. Our own proposed diagnostic technique, which we have authored, is developed as part of the research project “Written communication disorders. The Profile of graphomotor skills as a technique for diagnosing children aged 7-13. Development of graphomotor skills – a risk of dysgraphia”, which is being implemented at the Department of Logopedics and Applied Linguistics, Maria Curie-Skodowska University in Lublin. The experimental version of the Profile of graphomotor skills was applied in the investigation conducted in a group of 300 primary school students, grades I through VI.
When constructing the diagnostic technique and carrying out empirical research, the psychological, linguistic and logopedic competence of the project authors was utilized.
Keywords: academic research project, competence evaluation, handwriting.