Problems of Gifted and Talented Students Regarding Cursive Handwriting: Parent Opinions

Hatice Kadioglu Ates


APA 6th edition
Ates, H.K. (2018). Problems of Gifted and Talented Students Regarding Cursive Handwriting: Parent Opinions. European Journal of Educational Research, 7(2), 295-301. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.2.295

Harvard
Ates H.K. 2018 'Problems of Gifted and Talented Students Regarding Cursive Handwriting: Parent Opinions', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 295-301. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.7.2.295

Chicago 16th edition
Ates, Hatice Kadioglu . "Problems of Gifted and Talented Students Regarding Cursive Handwriting: Parent Opinions". (2018)European Journal of Educational Research 7, no. 2(2018): 295-301. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.2.295

Abstract

We are living in an age where knowledge is rapidly produced and consumed. In this period, the future of the individual and the society depends on accessing, using and producing information. This situation requires a qualified education and first literacy teaching which is the foundation of it. Primary school is the foundation of everything; likewise, the first literacy learning is the foundation of learning (Gunes, Uysal and Tac, 2016). First literacy is to create a new communication and interaction channel for the individual by teaching the symbols of humankind that it created in ten thousand years. Education performs a great miracle by making a seven-year old child comprehend this script that humankind developed in ten thousand years within a seven- or eight-month period (Guleryuz, 2001). It is desired for and expected of the children who start the first grade in primary school at the level of illiteracy to reach the level of basic literacy with qualified first literacy education under the supervision of an effective program, equipped teacher (Sagirli, 2015). Education in cursive handwriting in our country has started in Ataturk era. Ataturk demonstrated examples of the New Turkish Latin Letters on the blackboard with the cursive handwriting. Elderly and young people of the generation of Ataturk era have learned the cursive handwriting very well and used for many years. Many documents of that period such as diplomas, identity cards, registry of deeds etc. have been prepared with cursive handwriting in a clear, cursive and aesthetic form (Gunes, 2006). In our country, it has been decided to start the first literacy education with the cursive handwriting under the scope of the 2004 draft program. For nearly thirteen years, our students are becoming literate with cursive handwriting. There are many studies in literature that examine the opinions of teachers, students, and parents about the cursive handwriting. The aim of the concerned study is to express the view from the perspective of the parents of the gifted and talented students on the practice of cursive handwriting in first literacy education. Within the scope of the research, interviews were conducted with the parents of the gifted and talented students and their opinions were taken about starting the first literacy with the practice of the cursive handwriting. All of the parents are the parents of gifted and talented children who are attending primary school. The data collected during the 2016-2017 academic year have been obtained by face-to-face interviews. The answers of the parents are recorded and then reported. Screening model is used in the study that is designed by content analysis. The research is a qualitative study. Recommendations are brought at the end of the research.

Keywords: Gifted and talented students, parents opinions, first literacy, cursive handwriting, writing skill.


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