Handwriting Survey Term 3 2022


Please complete and return by Tuesday 16 August 2022 to receive one free set of Kids Rule! books per school, valued at $291.50

Respondents:
Australian Teachers (Foundation to Year 6)
  
Background information:
There are five major State/Territory-based handwriting styles taught in Australian schools. These are NSW Foundation Style (taught in NSW & ACT), Victorian Modern Cursive (taught in VIC, WA & NT), Queensland Modern Cursive, South Australian Modern Cursive & Tasmanian Modern Cursive. Some schools elect to use another style.

The Australian Curriculum (ACARA version 9) expects students by senior primary school, to use a personal handwriting style with increasing speed and accuracy to become confident, proficient, and flexible writers who can use handwriting efficiently in formal and informal situations.

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* 1. Please write your first name in the box below.

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* 2. Is your school Metropolitan or Regional? Please write in the box below.

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* 3. Please write the name and address of the school at which you currently teach in the box below.

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* 4. What years do you (and team members, if a team response) currently teach?

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* 5. In which State of Territory is your school located?

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* 6. Handwriting is taught in my/our school.

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* 7. The style taught in my/our school is largely

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* 8. Please rate the following statement by marking the appropriate box below:
I /We are satisfied with the handwriting skills of my/our students.

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* 9. Please rate the following statement by marking the appropriate box below: 
The style can be written with increasing speed and fluency.

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* 10. Please rate the following statement by marking the appropriate box below:
From around Year 4 on, the style allows for the development of legibility, fluency, and automaticity (that is, it does not impede the flow of thinking when composing).

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* 11. Please rate the following statement by marking the appropriate box below:
The handwriting skills of most Year 6 students at my/our school meet ACARA expectations.

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* 12. Please rate the following statement by marking the appropriate box below:
The style enables students, particularly in upper primary, to write for extended periods without sore hands, loss of legibility or loss of speed .

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* 13. Please explain any concerns or suggest changes that could be made to the handwriting style taught in your school.

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* 14. Has your school, or a number of teachers in the school, adopted any letter  modifications to your State/Territory based handwriting style?

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* 15. Has your school, or a number of teachers in the school, adopted any joins modifications to your State/Territory handwriting style?

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* 16. Has your school, or a number of teachers in the school, adopted any other modifications to your State/Territory based handwriting style?

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* 17. If you (or others in the team) answered Yes to Questions 14, 15 or 16 please describe the modifications.

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* 18. If your school uses a style that is not the State/Territory-based style, what is the name of this style, and what are its strengths and limitations?

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* 19. Do you (or others in the team) think a single approach to teaching handwriting should be used throughout Australia?

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* 20. Would you (or others in the team) consider adopting a new handwriting style that aims to help students meet the Australian Curriculum handwriting expectations?

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* 21. Would you (or others in the team) consider adopting a new style if associated workbooks were available to help students to meet the Australian Curriculum handwriting expectations?

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* 22. Please add any further comments you (or others in the team) may have regarding the teaching of handwriting in schools.

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* 23. Would you (or any others in the team) be interested in joining a focus group on handwriting? If yes, please provide each person's full name and contact details in the comment box below.

If you or any others would like to discuss handwriting further, please email Murray Evely at info@psych4schools.com.au or text to arrange a phone discussion on 0409 022 569.

Thank you for completing this survey.

Murray Evely plans to report on responses in a Psych4Schools blog later this year, once sufficient responses are received.  He will also write a Psych4Schools ebooklet on Working with children with handwriting difficulties, and will consider the need to develop a new handwriting style and workbook series with Matilda Education.

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