ERIC Number: ED348557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Keyboard Proficiency: An Essential Skill in a Technological Age. Number 2.
A structured keyboard skills training scheme for students in England should be included within school curricula. Negative attitudes toward keyboard training prevail in schools although employers value keyboard application skills. There are several reasons why keyboard proficiency, which facilitates the efficient input and retrieval of text and data, is needed in today's technologically advanced society: imputing and extracting text and data is a fundamental part of information technology; there is a need for efficient text input skills; and these skills enable the highest standards of text presentation available. Structured training in the skill is required because touch-typing is a complex psychomotor skill; systematic teaching in schools prevents picking up bad habits. In devising a strategy to provide training in schools, several points should be considered: (1) keyboard skills should be developed and monitored so they are shared through curriculum areas; (2) teaching staff should acquire keyboard training; (3) positive images of keyboard use enhance student motivation; (4) proficiency should be developed in all students; and (5) only basic equipment is needed. (Four appendices contain reviews of keyboard training software packages, keyboard training scheme at The Thomas Telford School, some models of delivery, and institutions offering keyboard skills training for adult students. (NLA)
Descriptors: Business Education, Computer Oriented Programs, Foreign Countries, Information Systems, Job Skills, Junior High Schools, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Technological Advancement, Typewriting, Word Processing
City Technology Colleges Trust, Ltd., 15 Young Street, London W8 5EH, England, United Kingdom (7.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Technology Colleges Trust Ltd., London (England).