ERIC Number: ED086221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Determine the Effectiveness of Electronically Paced Typewriting Instruction for Blind Students. Final Report.
Etier, A. Faborn
Electronically paced materials for teaching blind students to typewrite were written and taped. The effectiveness of the materials was tested, and a teacher's manual prepared. A control group was taught by conventional methods, while an experimental group used the electronically paced materials. These consisted of ten audio-taped programs for mastery of the alphabetic keyboard, 16 programs for skill development, and one program for the number keys. All students, who ranged from grades 6 through 10, moved at their own paces. Test results showed that the experimental group achieved greater understanding of the typewriter and how to manipulate it, demonstrated superior posture and stroking techniques, learned faster, and developed greater typing proficiency, speed and control. Since these new instructional materials provided students with an effective means of communication and a marketable job skill, it was recommended that schools and counselors for the blind be informed of their availability and that additional programs be developed for teaching blind students to apply these typewriting skills for a variety of specific business and personal purposes. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Audiovisual Aids, Blindness, Business Skills, Educational Media, Electromechanical Aids, Electronic Control, Grade 10, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Teaching Machines, Typewriting, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.