Wrighthand.net provides the following links. Inclusion in the list constitutes my endorsement of authors, organizations or contents of the linked websites. The links are mainly to non-mainstream ways of defining and tackling intractable well-being problems. Every effort has been made to ensure that the linked website is still available.
I have commented briefly or quoted directly from each link's overview or introduction.
- Right-left handedness
- Rituals of conflict resolution - legal issues - criminal justice
- Professional education: a pedagogic perspective
- Writing: graphicacy / animations
Most of the research literature on handedness is about degrees of right-sidedness or left-sidedness: known as laterality. It focuses on the origins of laterality and its association with various developmental or pathological conditions. Here we are concerned instead with the implications and consequences of the mis-match -in its most profound form- between the writing and the adept hand for individuals, families, organizations and society. We do so against the backcloth of world-view metaphors, mind-sets or explanatory schemas.
Consulting and Information Center for left-handers and Converted Left-handers http://www.linkshaender-beratung.de/english
Comment Highly recommended as Dr Barbara Sattler's site is the only one dedicated exclusively to the problems of converted left handers and how to help them. I have twice visited her Center from which she has over 200 consultants working with her.
Directeur de recherche CNRS: Head of the Information Navigation Group at Laboratoire Mouvement et Perception, Marseilles, France http://cogprints.org/625/1/jmb_87.html
Division of Labor in Human Skilled Bimanual Action:
Dr Yves Guiard adopted a self-confessed non-conformist approach to the analysis of uni- and bi-manual activity. In humans most skilled manual activities involve two hands playing different roles. This fact has been often overlooked in the experimental study of human manual lateralization. He proposed an alternative to the current concepts of manual preference and manual superiority, whose relevance is limited to the particular case of unimanual actions. His more general concept of lateral preference was to denote preference for one of the two possible ways of assigning two roles to two hands. He outlined a simple model describing intermanual division of labour in the variety of human skilled manual activities.
Comment: In this paper Dr Guiard was concerned with the motor mechanisms integrating the co-ordinated movements of both hands, not with the implications and consequences of the mis-match between writing and adept hand for personal well-being.
BBC A History of the World in 100 Objects. This series stands as testimony to the ability of the hands to construct awesome objects. Perhaps the most relevant to wrighthand.net is the Arabian Bronze Right Hand found in pre-Islamic Yemen.
A History of the Worldhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/TqaoVXmFRAepy6jBV2Figw
Circusology. One obvious source of extreme information about individuals' ability to handle what the world literally and metaphorically throws at them is their ability to perform circus juggling acts. Having attended circusology's drop-in circus workshop, it was clear handedness was also one of their concerns. Attenders are asked whether they are right handed, for the answer will determine how the instructor prompts the skill. The instructor, Alex's comment that some who answer that they are right handed are in fact more able with their left hand evidences their latent / converted hand status.
Rituals of conflict resolution - legal issues - criminal Justice
One of the characteristics of many latent / converted handers is their general sense of ill-at-easeness. Being unable to identify the proper source of this feeling, they locate its cause outside the self. If undiagnosed and untreated it often results in anti-social conduct, all too frequently culminating in offender behaviour. In the same way that there are alternatives to the ritual of adversarial conflict resolution in the justice system, there is an alternative to living with the condition undiagnosed and untreated.
Restorative Justice http://www.restorativejustice.org.uk/
"Restorative Justice gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions and to receive an apology. It gives the offenders the chance to understand the real impact of what they've done and to do something to repair the harm. Restorative Justice holds offenders to account for what they have done, personally and directly, and helps victims to get on with their lives.
Restorative Justice is also being used successfully outside the Criminal Justice System, for example, in schools, workplaces, care homes, health services and communities."
The Prison Reform Trust http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/
"A report published [today] by the Prison Reform Trust, reveals that many people who should have been diverted into mental health or social care from police stations or courts are entering prisons, which are ill equipped to meet their needs, and then being discharged back into the community without any support."
"Too Little, Too Late: An Independent Review of Unmet Mental Health Need in Prison", supported by the Mercers Company, draws on information and evidence provided by the Independent Monitoring Boards of 57 prisons. From the unique perspective of these boards, we see a system under pressure struggling to respond to the complex needs of people, many of whom are in the wrong place.
The Ministry of Justice http://www.justice.gov.uk/
"This site offers links to broad areas of its responsibility in alphabetical order. Each area includes contact details, links to related sites, services, publications, reports and speeches."
The Clinical Disputes Forum http://www.clinical-disputes-forum.org.uk/links.asp
"The Clinical Disputes Forum is a unique organisation; a group of key people in the field of clinical negligence litigation and other clinical disputes, working together to try to make practical improvements to procedures and to reduce the number of patients who have to go to law to resolve their disputes with their doctors and other healthcare workers."
Family Process Institute http://www.familyprocess.org/
"Family Process Institute is an independent, multidisciplinary, multinational organization dedicated to the development and exchange of new theory and research about families, systems and adaptive change."
The Expert Witness Institute http://www.ewi.org.uk/
"The Expert Witness Institute (EWI) was launched in November 1996 to service and support experts. It acts as a voice for the expert witness community, supporting experts from all professional disciplines and lawyers who use the services of experts. Its functions are to encourage, train and educate experts and to improve and maintain their standards and status. The EWI actively works with a wide range of professional bodies to achieve this. The EWI is independent of outside commercial interests and is democratic, transparent and fully accountable to its members. It is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee. The objective of the EWI is the support of the proper administration of justice and the early resolution of disputes through fair and unbiased expert evidence."
Professional education: a pedagogic perspective
There is an almost infinite number of sites, governmental and otherwise, concerned with school, college and professional education. However, few if any, question their epistemological foundations. Some of the following go further than others in tackling this omission.
Nursing Home Abuse http://www.nursinghomeabuse.net/
Given the topicality of abuse generally and nursing home abuse in particular, it is useful to start with this website whose rubric is: Prevent. Educate. Heal.
Nursing Home Abuse was founded by the National Association to Stop Nursing Home Abuse (NASNHA), an NGO. NursingHomeAbuse.net exists to raise awareness of the nursing home abuse epidemic, educate the public about its causes, help residents and families prevent abuse, and help victims cope with the consequences of nursing home abuse.
Inclusion Trust http://www.inclusiontrust.org
"Notschool.net is an international 'Online Learning Community' offering an alternative to traditional education for young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to engage with school or other complementary provisions such as home tutoring or specialist units."
Learning and Teaching http://www.learningandteaching.info/index.htm
This gives access to three linked sites exploring learning and teaching in college, adult and professional education.
Comment: Authored by James Atherton and although technically an andragogic site it should be equally inspiring to pedagogues and other interested non-professionals. I particularly admire his 'learning', inverted 'teaching' and left-hand tick logo.
"Welcome to the website of the Task Force on Education for the Twenty-first Century. The aim of this website is to further debate and reflection on the ideas expressed in Learning: the Treasure Within, the report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Simply speaking, the Commission felt that education throughout life is based upon four pillars: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be."
"BrainologyTM is an online, interactive multimedia instructional program in which kids in grades 5th through 8th learn about how the brain works and how to grow and nurture their own brains.
The goal of the curriculum is to help students develop a growth mindset whereby they think of their intelligence as something they can develop through study and learning rather than as something fixed. We approach this by teaching students how the brain functions, learns, and remembers, and how it changes in a physical way when we exercise it. In addition, the program provides a practical set of skills for tackling academic challenges by showing students how to apply this knowledge to their schoolwork."
Comment: I include this website not because I think it offers a true pedagogical perspective but because of its belief that children can learn about their own learning.
For those who regard pedagogy as being an inherently action-oriented researching enterprise, the following are avowedly conventional research oriented sites.
Research Channel: Wikipedia update http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ResearchChannel
"The ResearchChannel was founded by a consortium of leading research and academic institutions to share the valuable work of their researchers with the public. ResearchChannel was available to more than 35 million U.S. satellite and cable television subscribers and our Web site had been visited by more than 1.6 million visitors each year. The channel had also been available on more than 80 university-and school-based cable systems in the United States and in other countries." Wikipedia explains the demise of this website
The Royal Society http://royalsociety.org
"The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, is at the cutting edge of scientific progress.
We support many top young scientists, engineers and technologists, influence science policy, debate scientific issues with the public and much more. We are an independent, charitable body which derives our authoritative status from over 1400 Fellows and Foreign Members."
The American Association for the Advancement of Science http://aaas.org/
"The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide."
Association for Psychological Science http://www.psychologicalscience.org/about/
"Who We Are
The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.
The Association's mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.
The Association for Psychological Science was founded in 1988 by a group of scientifically oriented psychologists interested in advancing scientific psychology and its representation as a science at the national level. More...
APS has approximately 20,000 members and includes the leading psychological scientists and academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators."
Comment Unlike the UK which has only one body, The British Psychological Society, representing psychologists at the national level, the USA has at least two, The American Psychology Association and this the Association for Psychological Science. It is particularly noteworthy that the APS grew out of two sources of dissatisfaction with the APA: it's decreasing focus on being scientific and its fragmentary nature. A similar criticism can be made of British psychology as currently represented by the BPsS.
Writing - graphicacy - animations
Schools generally focus on writing (and reading), and ignore the wider graphicacy context. Graphicacy can be regarded as the converse of reading, only if we deny the need to be able to 'read' what one 'graphs'. Graphicacy evolved from its prototypical form from making marks on cave walls, to its more recent form, with pen and paper.
Cave wall markings: is this where it all started?
The Journal of General Education : The Emergence of Graphicacy http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_general_education/v048/48.2poracsky.html
"Abstract: The communications goal in University Studies was defined quite broadly to include not just writing, but oral, numerical, and graphical modes as well. The latter proved especially challenging; fortunately, in the first cohort of faculty to teach in Freshman Inquiry, we had the resources of a cartographer, an artist, and a member of the dance faculty, each of whom was highly aware -in his or her own different ways- of the pedagogies of visual communication. Yet, however well we have succeeded in defining, operationalizing, and teaching them -and our efforts are mixed at best- these alternate forms of communication still compete with writing for equal recognition and implementation in the classroom."
Some Thoughts on Psychological Report Writing
- http://www.msresource.com/psy_rpt.html - report writing tips
- http://www.msresource.com/format.html - report writing format
- http://www.msresource.com/theory.html - report writing purposes
Comment: Although somewhat dated, these three interconnected sites, concerned with different aspects of report writing, and authored by Greg Nail are still highly relevant to the issue of penmanship.
The Stroke: Theory of Writing, by Gerrit Noordzij http://www.hyphenpress.co.uk/books/978-0-907259-30-5/
Synopsis: "Published in Dutch in 1985, The stroke now appears for the first time in an English-language edition. The book puts forward a genuine theory of all writing, with any kind of implement: thus it covers both western and what we call 'non-western' writing. Noordzij starts from basic principles, and gives his attention first to the space around the letters: the white space that serves to define and distinguish what any letter is. He describes in minute detail how the strokes of writing can be formed. Here he uses simple geometrical concepts to underpin his descriptions. So the book is far from a work about art calligraphy and beautiful forms. Rather it is a sustained description of the phenomenon of letters and how they are made in writing.
Noordzij's theory serves to repair the split that grew up, with the invention of printing, between written and typographic letters. He shows us the underlying 'written' quality of all letters, with whatever technology they have been formed. With these ideas Noordzij can be seen as a prophet of digital typography, in which typefaces have been freed from the constraints of their embodiment in metal.
Our edition is introduced by a new author's foreword; we also retain the foreword of the original Dutch edition. Also included is a note by the translator, Peter Enneson, who has worked in close collaboration with Gerrit Noordzij in making the English text."
Comment: In stating, "Indeed, for me there is not much difference between teaching and research: ..." Noordzij identifies himself, as amongst much else, a true pedagogue, although he himself refers to pedagogues in disparaging terms.
Focus on Animation: Play Films http://www3.nfb.ca/animation/objanim/en/films/film.php?sort=title
Comment: Some of the animations on this site are a good antidote to the belief that thought can be expressed only in words.
Homo discens: A Digital Museum of Human Understanding http://www.homodiscens.com/index.htm
"Homo discens is the Latin name for man the learner.
The invention of a faux species name based on the genus Homo is a well-established literary conceit. Homo unus libri, (man of one book) is quite a famous example.
It is self evident that learning is a life-sustaining necessity for human beings. Accordingly, the Homo discens epithet merits a place alongside Homo faber (man the maker) and Homo ludens (man the player)."
Marks and Mind I came across Dr Susan Sheridan's site by accident early in October 2011 while web-searching for material about handprints on pre-historic cave walls. Dr Sheridan's enterprise is un-sum-up-able, crossing as it does so many academic and professional boundaries. Her multifaceted world-view makes her enterprise impossible to pigeon-hole. Her interest in the role of hands is indirect and clearly overlaps with many of the pre-occupations with wrighthand.net's.