ERIC Number: ED046170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Typewriting on Selected Language Arts Skills and Motor Development of the Educable Mentally Handicapped, Volume I. Final Report.
Gladis, Sister Mary Paulette
To determine the influence of typewriting on selected language arts skills and motor development of the educable mentally retarded (EMR), the study investigated the academic achievement of such students in reading, vocabulary, spelling, and in motor skill development resulting from the use of the typewriter and specially prepared typewriting materials. Control and experimental groups consisted of 30 EMR students each. For 8 weeks students were taught touch typewriting, then for 20 weeks received instruction in language arts skills in addition to regular reading lessons. The experimental group completed the programed exercises on electric typewriters, while the control group completed them by writing with pencil or pen. Pre- and posttests were administered. Adjusted mean scores of the experimental group were higher in reading, spelling, and in 10 of the 14 motor development subtests (in two of which statistical significance was attained). No significant differences in vocabulary performance were noted. Positive attitudes toward typewriting were observed to be strong. Appendixes are contained in Volume II (EC 031 255). (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks.
Note: Doctoral Dissertation, University of North Dakota