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To explore the reason behind primary students writing or using the wrong Chinese character, the errors analysis by James (1998) was employed to determine the cause and impact of making such errors. Aside from the complexity of the structure of Chinese characters, the attitude and mental state of the students while writing may also have an impact on making errors. Identifying characters is a complicated thinking process, thus this study will look into students?perception of Chinese characters and their attitude in the learning of the language through the exploration of their thinking process and mental state during writing from the academic perspective so as to formulate a suitable strategy for the teaching of the identification of Chinese characters.
This study uses the method of qualitative research on multiple case studies. The researcher selects four students who regularly write or use the wrong characters to do rewrites, questioning them on correct stroke orders and character structures, thus
pinpointing the reasons behind their mistakes.
Research shows that Primary Three students are mainly affected by their learning experiences and the structures of the characters. In the area of character structures, the top influences include a) radicals: confusion caused by remembering only parts of radicals and being interfered by similar radicals; b) stroke order: forgetting the correct stroke order and not clearly understanding the rules of stroke order; c) strokes: writing an extra stroke. The impacts of learning experiences origin primarily from a) remembrance: clearly recalling the shape of the wrongly written character; b) shape extraction: unsuccessful extraction of shape due to forgetfulness; c) attitude: making frequent mistakes because of lack of concentration.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:chinese characters study and teaching elementary china hong kong
Date of Publication:01/01/2004