Handwriting leads to faster learning than typing or watching videos – Study Finds (Me: Interesting but a pretty small and controlled sample)

A group of 42 participants took part in the study. Researchers taught each person the Arabic alphabet after separating them into three learning groups: pen and paper, typing, and video watching. After all participants had been “introduced” to an Arabic letter via a short video, subjects had to attempt to absorb the new information according to their assigned learning group. The typing group had to find the letter they just saw on a keyboard. The video group saw an on-screen flash of a letter and had to answer if it was the same letter they had just seen. The handwriting group had to copy the letter with pen and paper.

By the time participants across all three groups had finished six “learning sessions,” pretty much everyone was able to recognize the letters. However, the writing group reached this level much faster than the other two groups, after an average of just two learning sessions.

Source: Handwriting leads to faster learning than typing or watching videos – Study Finds

2 thoughts on “Handwriting leads to faster learning than typing or watching videos – Study Finds (Me: Interesting but a pretty small and controlled sample)”

    1. 21 states require cursive writing. All schools teach printing. I remember a kid in my school who could print faster than the rest of us could cursive write. I believe that hand writing does not need to be cursive and enhance learning. The hand-eye connection may back up the learning of some things. This was a test of 42 people.

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