ERIC Number: ED290451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Teacher Training for Keyboarding Instruction--Grades 4-8: A Researched and Field Tested Inservice Model.
Stoecker, John W.
This study assessed the status of touch-typing in school districts in Oregon and Washington, and developed and field tested a comprehensive training program designed to prepare elementary teachers to teach touch-typing skills to elementary students. There were four major activities: (1) a questionnaire was developed and mailed to a random sample of 409 supervisors of elementary curriculum, of whom 217 (54%) returned the questionnaire; (2) a trainer's manual was developed for an inservice program to prepare teachers to teach touch-typing to elementary students; (3) a six-hour workshop was held for 37 teachers who had made arrangements to teach a group of students immediately following the workshop; and (4) teachers collected pre/post data from the students they taught. This report is divided into three chapters. The introductory chapter includes a rationale for the study, a statement of the problem, a brief review of the literature, and an overview of the study population and procedures. The second chapter presents detailed analyses of the data collected by the survey, as well as evaluations of the workshop content and the effectiveness of the touch-typing programs being taught by the workshop participants after two weeks of instruction. A summary of the study findings is presented in the final chapter together with the conclusions reached and recommendations for further research. Five appendices include additional data analyses, the students' pre/post skills test, and timing sheets used with students. A 71-item bibliography is attached. (EW)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Field Tests, Inservice Teacher Education, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Microcomputers, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, School Supervision, School Surveys, Tables (Data), Typewriting, Workshops
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Content of this material is the basis for a presentation at the National Educational Computing Conference, "NECC 88" (8th, Dallas, TX, June 15-17, 1988).