Relationship between visual motor skills and Chinese handwriting performance of kindergarten children in Hong Kong

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Relationship between visual motor skills and Chinese handwriting performance of kindergarten children in Hong Kong

 

Author: Weng, Kwai-heung Karan
Title: Relationship between visual motor skills and Chinese handwriting performance of kindergarten children in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Children -- China -- Hong Kong -- Writing
Chinese language -- Writing -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Penmanship, Chinese -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Perceptual-motor learning
Sensorimotor integration
Motor ability in children -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: vi, 98 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1442192
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3285
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the performance of kindergarten children on visual motor skills and their ability to copy Chinese handwriting. The visual motor skills were measured by the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI). The Chinese handwriting performance was measured by the Chinese Handwriting Test (CHT). The scoring system of CHT was based on the Revised version of Tseng's Handwriting Problem Checklist (RTHPC). One hundred and twenty-eight children (64 boys and 64 girls) aged between 4 and 5 years were randomly identified from 4 kindergartens within 3 regions of Hong Kong. The VMI and CHT were administered to the children in pairs. Results of the study showed a significant relationship between subjects' performance on the VMI and the ability to copy Chinese handwriting. The strength of correlation was moderate (r=.49, p<.001). The children at age 5 performed significantly better on both the VMI and CHT than those at age 4. There was no significant gender difference in performance on VMI. On the other hand, a significant gender difference was found in the mean scores of CHT with girls' scoring consistently higher than that of boys in both age groups. The findings of this study suggest that visual motor skills are one of the factors affecting Chinese handwriting performance of kindergarten children at age 4 and 5. Children's Chinese handwriting performance and visual motor skills also improve from ages 4 to 5. Kindergarten girls have a better Chinese handwriting performance than boys. There is no significant difference, however, between the two sexes in visual motor skills of the kindergarten children.

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