ERIC Number: ED370537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Using a Mnemonic Approach To Teach Fourth Graders To Use a Computer Keyboard.
This practicum addressed the problem of fourth grade students who watched their fingers and used the "hunt and peck" method while answering questions in curriculum-based software. The following objectives were established: at the end of the 15-week practicum period, all of the 22 targeted students will demonstrate at least 80% accuracy in correct finger placement on the alphabetic keys; and all of the 22 targeted students will apply their keyboarding skills in a word-processing situation. The solution strategies included a mnemonic approach to teach the entire alphabet keyboard in one lesson; age-appropriate drills and games; a project for reinforcement of the mnemonic lesson; and a computer program for practice. The success of the program was measured by the results of a pre- and posttest, teacher observation of keyboarding techniques, and students' use of keyboarding skills in critical-thinking skills applications. Although the stated objectives were not met, it was concluded that the program was a success because the students who displayed good effort succeeded by displaying keyboard mastery and application. Poor effort on the part of the students who did not meet the stated objectives mainly contributed to their low scores. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum report, Nova University.