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    An exploration into the teaching of handwriting with first class pupils

    Daly, Aoife Eimear (2019) An exploration into the teaching of handwriting with first class pupils. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    This action research project was conducted in a co-educational, rural school with 30 first class pupils aged between 6 and 7 years. The research question was ‘How can I provide a more enriching experience for students when I am teaching handwriting?’ This area was chosen for research as I was concerned that I was using a didactic, teacher-led approach to teaching handwriting and this was not assisting the children with their handwriting skills. I was also not living out to my value of fairness by teaching in this way. The aim of the study was to find answers to the following questions: - What is the best way to teach this in the context of my own classroom? - How can I make handwriting more interesting for pupils in my classroom? - How to enhance my own understanding and knowledge of handwriting and the required skills in teaching this area Data for this study was collected using observations, children’s work samples, a reflective journal and conversations with critical friends. There were two cycles of action research, lasting four weeks each. The research took place between January and April 2019. The research cycles primarily focused on (1) environment (2) the introduction of fine and gross motor skills and (3) explicit handwriting instruction. The results of the research demonstrated the importance of allowing opportunities for creativity in the classroom. The importance of establishing a supportive environment was also highlighted, in addition to a child-centred approach using active methodologies to teach handwriting.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Keywords: exploration; teaching; handwriting; first class pupils; Froebel; Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Item ID: 13710
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2020 09:52
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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