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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Secondary, Post Secondary and Vocational Education

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Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not a relationship existed between the cursive handwriting ability and spelling competency of college freshmen and to determine whether a significant difference existed in the handwriting ability, and spelling competency, between male and female college freshmen; Subjects. Subjects were eighteen and nineteen year old students enrolled in six representative sections of English 101 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, during the 1981-82 Fall Semester. Eighty-eight subjects participated in the study--forty-eight females and forty males; Procedures; Hypotheses. The hypotheses stated that there was no relationship between the handwriting ability and spelling competency of college freshmen; and that there was no significant difference between mean handwriting ability scores as determined by the Serum Measurement of Handwriting Ability (SMHA) or the mean Spelling competency scores as measured by the WRAT spelling subtest between male and female college freshmen at the .05 level; Data Collection and Analysis. During the last week of September and the first week of October 1981, the investigator administered the WRAT spelling subtest and a one-minute timed copying task to the subjects. The subjects recorded their responses for both exercises on separate response sheets. The data used in this study was obtained from the subjects' response sheets of the WRAT spelling subtest and from the three judges' scoring sheets of the SMHA. The data was transferred to IBM data processing cards for the use on a CDC Cyber 7300, and using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. The Pearson product-moment correlation and the analysis of variance were used to test the five null hypotheses; Results. Analysis of the data led to the researcher's decision to fail to reject four null hypotheses and to reject one null hypothesis. There was a significant difference at the .05 level between the mean scores for the handwriting ability of male and female college freshmen.


Ability; College; Competency; Freshmen; Handwriting; Initial; Investigation; Spelling

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Educational tests and measurements

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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