Traditional Chinese has been well-known for its complex visual form and the various polyphones and homophones. These difficulties have led to a considerable proportion of spelling errors in Taiwanese schoolers, including incorrect shapes or stroke patterns and incorrect intents of written characters. Past studies have raised that children handwrite products with incorrect shapes at first, and intent errors come later. Yet, this issue is observed neither in a single population nor in chronological order. This preliminary study aimed to discover the transformation among the types of intent and shape of TCWLDs’ handwriting products. This experiment recruited twenty-one TCWLD participants studying in primary school; all of them had completed a 6-hour handwriting intervention in total; three handwriting probes with the same content were provided before, in the middle of, and after the intervention. From the perspective of intent types and shape types, the results showed that incorrect handwriting products had steadily transferred into correct conventional characters over the experiment. More, the transform rates of intent/shape types of handwriting products were measured in the three probes, comparing the transformed ratio of probe-1-to-2 with the ratio of probe-2-to-3. In conclusion, we should discuss the handwriting development process independently regarding the intent or shape of the handwriting product.

Authors: Tzu-Shin Lin, Chieh-Ning Lan

Published in: World Congress on Special Needs Education (WCSNE-2021)

  • Date of Conference: 22-24 November 2021
  • DOI: 10.20533/WCSNE.2021.0007
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-43-3
  • Conference Location: Virtual (London, UK)