ERIC Number: ED289481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
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Keyboarding Issues in Elementary Education: Some Research Findings.
Kercher, Lydia; McClurg, Patricia
This paper explores the issue of how, when, and where to teach keyboarding at the elementary school level through a review of the keyboarding literature and descriptions of three studies conducted with fifth grade students in the laboratory school at the University of Wyoming. The literature review briefly summarizes findings on the following topics: (1) when keyboarding skills can be taught; (2) whether motor proficiency affects the ability to acquire keyboarding skills; (3) whether formal keyboarding instruction improves elementary students' keyboarding skills; (4) the effect of keyboarding on student achievement in other subject areas; and (5) the students' attitudes toward learning keyboard skills. The three studies conducted at the University School are then described. The first involved observation of students learning keyboarding with a personal typing book and progressing at their own rate. The second study compared the achievement of two groups learning keyboarding using the traditional typing text and individualized instruction; one group used Apple microcomputers and the other used typewriters. The third study investigated whether students who had completed a nine-week keyboarding class would produce longer stories using a computer than students who had no formal keyboarding instruction. It was found that elementary students showed positive attitudes toward keyboarding activities, learned to keyboard through formal instruction, and showed some improvements in language arts achievement as a result of participation in keyboarding activities. (RP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (10th, Denver, CO, November 22-26, 1985).