ERIC Number: ED242926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Prediction of Success at Typing. Technical Report 539.
Cleaver, Thomas G.; O'Connor, Carol A.
A study evaluated the validity of the use of digital dexterity and reaction time as variables to predict students' gross typing speed. To gather data for the study, researchers tested approximately 120 students from three typing classes at Jefferson Community College in Louisiana and one typing class at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). In the first test, researchers used an electronic stopwatch, hand-held counter, and a digital computer to measure the digital dexterity of students entering the classes. The second test involved the use of a digital computer to measure the students' reaction time, ability to use their fingers independently, and speed at typing three random characters. Based on the results of the first test, it was concluded that little correlation exists between gross typing speed and digital dexterity. After correlating the results of the second test with students' gross typing speeds after the completion of a one-semester course, the researchers determined that reaction time and the ability to use fingers independently had moderate correlation coefficients with gross typing speed. The ability to type three random characters was, however, well correlated with typing speed. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY.