ERIC Number: ED265367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
A Research Study to Determine the Effects of Early Keyboard Use upon Student Development in Occupational Keyboarding. Final Report of Research.
Warwood, Byrdeen; And Others
Before students can use microcomputers effectively, they need keyboarding skills. A project was conducted in Montana to teach keyboarding to fourth-grade children using computer-assisted instruction. Two fourth-grade classes at Hawthorne Elementary School, Bozeman, Montana, participated in an 8-week, 32-session elementary keyboarding pilot program. They were instructed with "Microtype, The Wonderful World of Paws," suitable for grades 3-6, which was selected following a literature search. The students took a pretest and then completed the eight-week course. During the classes, it was found that more than one class period had to be spent on a lesson, especially in the beginning. Children also progressed more rapidly when the keyboards of the Apple microcomputers they were using were covered with paper. Significant progress was reported after the eight-week session, and a posttest showed that all children had made measurable gains in keyboarding skills. However, another posttest administered six weeks after the keyboarding class had finished showed that most of the gains were not maintained. The study concluded that it is feasible to teach keyboarding skills to elementary students and they can learn well, but that they need continuous practice to maintain the newly learned skills. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Montana State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Helena.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman.