Handwriting: A Comparative Study of the Synthetic And Global Methods

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Addis Ababa University


The main objective of this study was to find out whether or not the Global Me t hod is more effective than the Synthetic ' Iethod in the t eaching of handwriting. To achi eve this , an experiment , for which hundred subjects were selected, was conducted for six weeks. Out of the hundred subjects , ninety- five children in four groups attended the experiment. Two of the groups formed the Control groups and the other two , the Study groups. A pretest was given to both the Control and Study groups to det ermine if they had a significant difference in writing performance. Statistical computations, however, showed tha t there was no significant difference between the t wo groups in writing cursively. After six weeks, a post-test was administered to both the Control and Study groups. A t - t est at 0.5 l evel of confidence was conducted to determine the significance difference between the means of the two groups and the results showed that the Study groups performed better than the Control groups. A conclusion was drawn that the Global Method is more effective than the Synthetic Method in the teaching of handwriting. On the basis of the findings , it is recommended that children in the elementary schools be taught handwriting through the Global Method and tha t speed of writing be considered and increased without affecting handwriting l egibility adversely affected



Synthetic, And Global Methods