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ERIC Number: ED238542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis of Young Children Learning Keyboarding Skills.
Cowles, Milly; And Others
The primary purpose of this study was to demonstrate whether children ages 5 through 8 could learn keyboarding skills. A secondary purpose was to examine the relationship between typing skill development and motor proficiency. A sample of 24 children was randomly selected from a group attending a summer school enrichment program. The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency was used to measure children's gross and fine motor skills. After arm and leg preference for each child had been determined, gross motor, fine motor, and gross and fine motor skills subtests were administered. Subjects used IBM Selectric typewriters and a modified "Touch to Type Typing Program." All instruction was teacher-directed in 30-minute sessions and was continued for 19 days. Each lesson was observed by at least one child development specialist in order to measure time-on-task behaviors and to search for obvious signs of frustration, enjoyment, and perseverance. Results indicated that young children can learn to type correctly and they can do so without frustration. Seven- and 8-year-olds experienced success with words and sentences and stayed with the task; 5- and 6-year-olds progressed to words only. Observations suggested that being able to read was an important antecedent skill. Additional results showed that gross and fine motor proficiency were highly related to the success of the older children. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A