Childhood Development of Dominant Handedness Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the role of educators in teaching left-handed children.
# 146193 | 1,426 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2010 in Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Theory)

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The paper explains why educators must be sensitive to issues of 'handedness' when teaching and grading writing and discusses how pressure to switch student handedness can be unproductive and can even damage a student's future success in school. The paper reveals that left-handedness is also correlated to some developmental disorders, such as developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The paper also outlines the theory on the origin of handedness and the theory that more ambidextrous individuals tend to have a greater dialogue between the hemispheres of the brain, and may be more or less adept at certain tasks.

From the Paper:

"Some neurological elements seem clearly at work in choice of handedness, and it is wise for teachers to keep abreast of the current research, as it may influence classroom approaches and pedagogy. One study found that children who exhibit a consistently right-hand preference are superior in motor performance to both left-handed and ambidextrous children of a similar age group. The ability to perform at a high level on skills of manual ability can translate into better performance when writing and in sports, which can result in higher self-esteem for right-handed children."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cairney, John, Louis A Schmidt, Scott Veldhuizen, Paul Kurdyak, John Hay, & Brent E.
  • Faught. (2008). Left- handedness and developmental coordination disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 53(10), 696-9. Retrieved March 2, 2009, from ProQuest Medical Library database. (Document ID: 1600713031).
  • Gabbard, Carl, Susan Hart, & Vickie Gentry. (1995). General motor proficiency and handedness in children. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 156(4), 411. Retrieved March 2, 2009, from ProQuest Medical Library database. (Document ID: 9115450).
  • Lang, Jennifer. (2007, September). Writing help for lefties. Parenting, XXI (8), 158. Retrieved March 2, 2009, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1323645821).
  • Pitman, Teresa. (2006, March). 6 to 8 years: Left-handed. Today's Parent, 23(3), 134-136. Retrieved March 2, 2009, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1005843501).

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