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ERIC Number: ED018646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 129
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Reference Count: 0
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AN ASSESSMENT OF TYPEWRITING SKILLS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF THE STATE OF UTAH IN RELATION TO JOB ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.
PEHRSON, PATSY MAY
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE HOW MANY SEMESTERS OF TYPEWRITING SHOULD BE OFFERED TO AN ABLE STUDENT TO ATTAIN EMPLOYABLE SKILL. THE INFLUENCE OF THE FOLLOWING FACTORS ON TYPEWRITING ACHIEVEMENT WAS STUDIED--(1) STUDENT GRADE LEVEL, (2) CLASS SIZE, (3) SCHOOL SIZE, (4) LENGTH OF CLASS PERIOD, (5) USE OF MANUAL OR ELECTRIC TYPEWRITERS, (6) HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, AND (7) ADDITIONAL TYPEWRITING INSTRUCTION. THE STUDENTS TYPEWRITING TESTS, TYPEWRITING II, SECOND SEMESTER, OF THE UNITED BUSINESS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, WERE ADMINISTERED TO 853 JUNIOR AND 781 SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SELECTED THROUGHOUT THE STATE ON A PROPORTIONAL, STRATIFIED RANDOM SAMPLE BASIS ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE SCHOOL. FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE AND UTAH EMPLOYMENT SECURITY EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS WERE USED TO JUDGE ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL. FINDINGS BASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE OF THE DATA INCLUDED--(1) A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE WAS FOUND BETWEEN THE AVERAGE GROSS-WORDS-PER-MINUTE RATE BETWEEN FIRST-, SECOND-, THIRD-, AND FOURTH-SEMESTER STUDENTS WITH THE RATE INCREASING WITH EACH ADDITIONAL SEMESTER OF INSTRUCTION, (2) NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE WAS FOUND BETWEEN FOURTH-, FIFTH-, OR SIXTH-SEMESTER STUDENTS, AND (3) 8.6 PERCENT OF THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND 9.5 PERCENT OF THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TESTED MET FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE REQUIREMENTS. SOME RECOMMENDATIONS WERE THAT THE FIFTH AND SIXTH SEMESTERS OF TYPEWRITING INSTRUCTION BE DROPPED, JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS BE PERMITTED TO TAKE TWO SEMESTERS OF TYPEWRITING, CLASS LENGTH BE 45 MINUTES, AND CLASSES HAVE ENROLLMENTS OF 41 OR MORE STUDENTS. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: Utah Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers: UTAH