ERIC Number: ED251649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-27
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputer Keyboarding Curriculum for Middle and Junior High School Students. Final Report.
Regional School District No. 10, Burlington, CT.
This project report describes the development of a seventh-grade curriculum to promote microcomputer keyboarding skills, i.e., learning correct alpha-numeric reaches, developing proficiency in making appropriate reaches, using correct fingering without looking at the keyboard, and attaining a degree of speed and accuracy. Although the curriculum was piloted with approximately 200 seventh-grade students, it was designed for use in grades 6, 7, or 8. A curriculum guide for microcomputer keyboarding and an instrument to evaluate the curriculum were developed. Midway through the pilot, the curriculum was evaluated and upgraded based on a semester's experience. Pre- and posttest scores indicated that all students, including those in special education, improved their speed and accuracy in keyboarding skills. The keyboarding curriculum is appended to the report. It details the philosophy, objectives, and design of the course. The procedures are outlined, and student progress within the software is described. Both the advantages and disadvantages of microcomputer keyboarding are also discussed. Other sections offer suggestions for computer usage when not committed to keyboarding, conclusions, recommendations, lesson plans for an eight-week course, and pilot test results. A second appendix provides measuring instruments. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Bureau of Vocational Program Planning and Development.
Authoring Institution: Regional School District No. 10, Burlington, CT.