277. Spelling question.
Do you know of any research which found spelling test scores to be higher if students learn their spelling words in manuscript vs. cursive?
This is an excellent question and, to my knowledge, there is NO answer for English. Usually, it is traditional to teach PRINT (Manuscript) when FIRST learning to read and write in English, in grades Kinder-3rd, and, by fourth grade, begin to teach cursive writing in English.
On the other hand, most European Romance-Language countries begin by teaching cursive, and then, or almost simultaneously, teachers teach PRINT (Manuscript) in Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc. to teach READING.
So, the research you are looking for in English is not available because the traditional order of [PRINT (Manuscript) + Cursive] is followed consistently here for teaching children in the lower grades or for teaching adults in the upper grades beyond the secondary level. For other languages, CURSIVE and PRINT (Manuscript) are not considered mutually exclusive, and from Kinder on, CURSIVE tends to be the preferred writing system to learn to write (and read), while children learn to read mostly through PRINT (Manuscript).
You have a GREAT research topic for English and other languages (especially in bilingual school settings), GREAT TOPIC!!!! Let me know what you find out!!!!!
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