ERIC Number: ED342935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Practices and Perceptions Regarding Pre-Secondary Keyboarding in Pennsylvania Public Schools.
Cantalupi, John D.
A study described the instructional practices and perceptions of K-8 keyboarding instructors in Pennsylvania public schools regarding keyboarding practices. Surveys were sent to 501 school districts, with responses from 416 (83 percent). The surveys contained 19 questions that provided descriptive information about instructional practices and 17 statements that measured teachers' perceptions. Of the 282 teacher respondents, 121 had business education certification. Analysis of the data revealed that school districts in Pennsylvania introduced keyboarding at all presecondary grade levels; the majority of instructors have between 1 and 5 years experience teaching K-8 level keyboarding. Only six of the respondents without business education certification received formal training in their teacher preparation programs to teach keyboarding; however, nearly all of the teachers have prepared themselves through formal or informal means to teach keyboarding. Almost 79 percent use computer software programs for instructional purposes. Class sessions usually last from 36 to 45 minutes; however, the number of class sessions varies widely. Slightly more than one-half of the school districts have a formal plan for developing keyboarding skills through the presecondary grades. Recommendations were made for keyboarding teacher training and computer keyboarding development programs. (The report contains 50 references and 9 appendixes of project documents and the survey instrument.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania