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Title: An exploration of the effectiveness of drawings in recognizing Chinese characters for primary one and two with and without dyslexia
Authors: Choi, Wing Shan (蔡穎珊)
Department: Department of Applied Social Studies
Issue Date: 2008
Course: SS4708 Research Project in Psychology
Programme: BSocSc (Hons) in Psychology
Instructor: Dr. Lin Siu-fung
Subjects: Dyslexia -- China -- Hong Kong
Dyslexic children -- Education (Elementary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Chinese characters -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Abstract: In Hong Kong, there is still lack of an effective strategy for less- skilled elementary pupils (especially in primary one and two) and Cantonese-speaking dyslexics in learning to recognize Chinese characters. In this study, a learning approach was designed to explore the effectiveness of learning Chinese characters from drawing between pre-post tests. The exploration of the effectiveness of children’s drawing in learning knowledge of the components of semantic-phonetic characters and recognition of the Chinese characters is conducted. Dyslexic participants and elementary pupils without dyslexia are studied. The results between pre-test and post-test help reveal that both elementary and dyslexic pupils can recognize more characters accurately after learning semantic-phonetic characters through drawing. With this new learning approach, children are allowed to understand the structure of semantic-phonetic characters, and to recognize characters without copying, indicating that drawing is effective, especially in enhancing pupils’ memories and understanding of semantic phonetic characters. Even more, a simplified screening method used in this study is suggested in identifying Cantonese-speaking children who may at risk in dyslexia in Hong Kong.
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