review: International Symposium
International Symposium 2015: Innovation and future of learning to write
Scientists and practitioners from the International Symposium on Handwriting Skills provide food for thought for the following discussions as part of the workshops. Combining the results of current research and model projects from practitioners can contribute greatly to closing the gap between theory and practice.
Dr. Rudolf Meraner
Opening of the symposium
Dr. Meraner heads the Pedagogical Institute since 1994 and since 2012 the Bereich Innovation und Beratung at the department of German education. Before that he worked as a teacher for German, History and Geography at a secondary school.
Symposium Chair: Dr.-Ing. Marianela Diaz Meyer
Opening of the symposium
Dr.-Ing. Diaz Meyer completed her bachelor's degree of Engineering in Venezuela. Afterwards she did a master's degree of Engineering in Japan followed by a doctorate in Germany in the field of ergonomics at Darmstadt University of Technology. She heads the Schreibmotorik Institut since May 2014.
Moderation: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralph Bruder
Full-time Vice president of the Darmstadt University of Technology and Director of the Institute of Ergonomics (IAD) in Darmstadt. Since 2006, he has been university professor of ergonomics and Director of the high-profile Institute of Ergonomics at Darmstadt University of Technology. Professor Bruder is President of the Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft (German Ergonomics Society) and, since October 2011, has been Scientific Director of the Ingenium – Young Research.
Dr. Jean-Luc Velay
Translating pen movements into sounds and music to facilitate handwriting rehabilitation
Dr. Jean-Luc Velay is a permanent senior researcher at the French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the Cognitive Neurosciences Laboratory in Marseille. An important topic in his team is the relationship between music production and perception and oral and written language.
Prof. Dr. Hilde van Waelvelde
‘I Can!’: an approach for remediating handwriting difficulties
Prof. Dr. Hilde Van Waelvelde was working as a clinical paediatric physiotherapist for several years. In 1998 she started teaching at the Artevelde University College in Ghent. She is now professor at the University of Ghent, teaching paediatric physical therapy and researching motor development of children with DCD, autism and more specifically handwriting development, assessment and intervention.
Dr. Anneloes Overvelde
Learning to write with a topping Teacher
Dr. Anneloes Overvelde is a scientific researcher on motor learning in children, especially in handwriting. She is a pediatric physical therapist in primary care services and tutors master students in pediatric physical therapy at Avans University and the University of Professionals.
Dr. Christian Marquardt
Understanding the functional aspects of handwriting - New screening methods and educational materials
The motor skills expert has been researching the basic motor skills of writing for more than 20 years. In 2003, he founded the Science and Motion company, which analyses movements when playing golf and developed the leading global system for putting analysis. He has been the scientific adviser for motor skills at the Schreibmotorik Institut since 2012.
Dr. Angela Webb
Handwriting: policy and practice in UK schools
Dr. Angela Webb is a psychologist specialising in the cognitive and academic difficulties experienced by children with developmental disorders, particularly Developmental Coordination Disorder. This has led to her interest in children with handwriting difficulties.