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This article in the 'Conversation' is well worth reading - and it includes links to further information and articles:
Learning handwriting is more about training the brain than cursive script
Schools in Finland, it has been reported, are phasing out the teaching of handwriting skills, a claim that has led to arguments along the lines of whether technology has made handwriting obsolete and what the consequences of this might be. Some may feel teaching handwriting is a poor use of precious educational time these days – but the death of handwriting may have been greatly exaggerated.