ERIC Number: ED313002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Comparing Children's Typing Skills Using the Dvorak and QWERTY Keyboards on a Microcomputer.
Joyce, Bonnie G.; Moxley, Roy A.
This study compared the typing efficiency of four young children (5 to 6 years of age) who were novice typists on the Dvork and QWERTY keyboards. A copying program on an Apple IIc microcomputer functioned as the training instrument. Although the children did not acquire proficient touch typing skills, they did type accurate responses faster, keep their hands positioned on the home row when they began typing, and show some conditioning to key locations when using the Dvorak keyboard. While the children's fingering was often inconsistent and they continued to glance at the keyboard for confirmation of key locations, their acquisition of touch typing skills would probably have been more extensive had they stayed with the same keyboard throughout instead of changing from the QWERTY to the Dvorak version. Although there is some evidence that children as young as 6 years can acquire touch typing skills, it is unclear what the recommended procedures should be for introducing young children to keyboard fingering. Additional research in this area acquires increasing importance as more young children use microcomputer keyboards. Twelve references, 2 tables, and 1 figure are included. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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