ERIC Number: ED348522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Improving the Keyboarding Composition Skills of Secondary Business Education Students through a Structured Approach.
Parker, Gay E.
A practicum was designed to improve students' manual keyboarding composition skill. A program was developed to integrate the other requisite skills of well-written composition, accurate punctuation and grammar, and fastidious proofreading in a structured, progressive plan. The 25 students in the Typing I Business Fundamentals class, a keyboarding class with business applications, were in grades 10-12. To develop the manual skill, the students were dictated questions requiring one-letter response, progressing to full-paragraph responses as demonstrated each day in a 5-minute warm-up of journal writing. The students received instruction in the "7s" of writing as applied to business letters; opening, closing, and informational paragraphs; rewriting poorly written letters; and practice in punctuation, grammar, and proofreading techniques. Actual business situations were used along with cooperative teaching techniques and writing games. Pretest and posttest evaluations revealed substantial improvement in written composition, punctuation and grammar, and proofreading. Each student was able to master the manual composition keyboarding skill to the extent of comfortable enjoyment and good content productivity. (Appendixes include a list of 26 references, composition pretest/posttest, writing assessment checksheet, proofreading pretest/posttest, and grammar and punctuation pretest/posttest.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum report, Nova University.