New research shows handwriting as important as typing for children

A hybrid of digital skills and traditional pen(cil) and paper is recommended for optimal learning.
Handwriting. Typing. Image is a glass jar against a black background, filled with a variety of pens and pencils.

Growing up as digital natives, most children today are at ease with many iterations of technological devices; however, new research led by Australia’s Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found writing with pen(cil) and paper is directly linked to optimum learning.

Research led by Dr Anabela Abreu Malpique, School of Education Senior Lecturer, has highlighted the importance of teaching handwriting in primary school education and beyond.  

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