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Influence of Mother Tongue on Dynamic Handwriting Features in Primary School

By P. D’Antrassi, F. Costa, E. Fornasa and A. Accardo

Abstract

Handwriting is an essential fine motor skill in school-aged children and plays a crucial role for educational development and autonomy of everyday life. To analyze hand-writing movement an objective quantitative kinematic analysis can be performed by using digital tablets. Through this tech-nology it was possible to identify a lot of parameters useful to characterize the handwriting process.\ud \ud In order to study the influence of mother tongue on the dy-namic of handwriting in primary school, we examined the writing response of 42 non-native speakers and compared their characteristics with those of 131 Italian mother tongue chil-dren. All children undertook one repetitive sequence of le and an Italian sentence written in two different ways: as accurately as and as fast as possible.\ud \ud The results showed that the differences between native and non-native speakers were not significant in the repetitive se-quence while a clear influence of mother tongue was present only in the third grade for the sentence tasks

Topics: Handwriting, mother tongue, kinematic analysis, motor skill
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-3-319-13117-7
OAI identifier: oai:arts.units.it:11368/2836912

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