ERIC Number: ED206878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Business Office Practices Involving the Typewriter with Implications for Business Education Curricula. Monograph 136.
Guffey, Mary Ellen; Erickson, Lawrence W.
To test relevance of learning activities in typewriting classrooms, a nationwide study identified and analyzed current office practices involving use of the typewriter. A sample of 802 typists, stenographers, secretaries, word processing specialists, and others who used the typewriter completed a questionnaire covering demographic data, elements of the typewriting production process, equipment usage, dimensions of job change, and reaction to preparation for employment. Work samples verified responses and provided information on materials used and format that was not readily ascertained from survey data. Respondents ranged in age from 18-70 years and 99% were females. Nearly half had a high school education or less; 38% had 1-2 years postsecondary education. Over half devoted 51-100% of working time to typewriting activities. Typewriting tasks were reported in five categories: letters, memoranda, reports and manuscripts, business forms, and tables. Primary source of content was handwriting. The most frequent method of error correction was liftoff correction. Photocopying was the most frequent method of making copies. Nearly half reported they used personal judgement in determining format of letters, memoranda, and tables that they typed. (Implications for business education curriculum are discussed for each area of data analyzed. Forty-eight data tables are provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South-Western Publishing Co., Cincinnati, OH.