Megan Haan

Date of Award


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Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


This action research project investigated the impact on handwriting by the use of stability balls as chairs. The participants were nineteen students in an experimental group and nineteen students in a control group in two different classrooms. Students in both groups were given a pre-test using the “Handwriting Without Tears Screener of Handwriting.” The students in the experimental group were taught how to use a stability ball as a chair and used a ball as a chair for twelve weeks. During this time, both classrooms taught the same amount of letters using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. All students then were given a post-test using the same assessment tool. The results of this study suggested that some areas of handwriting were moderately improved with the use of a ball chair.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education