Neat but not creative

7th December 2007 at 00:00
An emphasis on handwriting comes at the expense of developing children's creative writing ability, a study by the University of Warwick has found.

The national curriculum and the new framework for literacy ask children to spend time and effort on the form and style of individual letters. But the study said fast, automatic handwriting may encourage better composition.

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