Volume 16 Number 1

Effects On Learning Logographic Character Formation In Computer-Assisted Handwriting Instruction
Chen-hui Tsai, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Chin-Hwa Kuo, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Wen-Bing Horng, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Chun-Wen Chen, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan

This paper reports on a study that investigates how different learning methods might affect the learning process of character handwriting among beginning college learners of Chinese, as measured by tests of recognition, approximate production, precise production, and awareness of conventional stroke sequence. Two methodologies were examined during character learning: a worksheet numbering system (the most prevailing workbook method used to learn characters) and a theoretically grounded handwriting system (a multimedia method). A repeated-measures MANOVA showed that under the multimedia treatment, novice learners with no prior character writing experience performed better on all four measures, and first-year learners with six months of character-writing experience only performed better in precise production and awareness of conventional sequence. Variations of character formation produced in both treatments, and learners’ perceptions were also analyzed to determine the effects of the two methods. Educational implications in the teaching and learning of character handwriting are provided based on the empirical results.
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