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Stehr, B. W.||Cambridge, R. W.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


Typewriting--Study and teaching


Statement of Purpose. Although junior high school typewriting is a relatively new subject, differences in opinions exist between teachers and administrators regarding the values, the objectives to be used and the content and learnings to be taught at this level. The purpose of this study was to examine and analyze the present typewriting courses in northern Illinois junior high schools, and to survey the opinions of the typewriting teachers in these schools as to the type of content they feel should be included in Junior high school typewriting instruction. Methods and Sources Used. All junior high schools in the northern twenty counties of the state, excluding Cook County, were sent a questionnaire containing questions pertinent to the study. Of one-hundred and twenty-eight junior high schools, one-hundred and twenty-one replied, with eighteen schools offering a typewriting program. Past studies of junior high typewriting programs and literature dealing with junior high typewriting topics were used as references. Summary of Findings. A number of conclusions were drawn from the data provided by the returned questionnaires, (a) The eighth and ninth grade levels are those levels where typewriting in junior high school is being taught. (b) The course is being offered as an elective rather than being required of all students. (c) Grading standards used by the teachers in these survey schools differed a great deal although most teachers based their timed writings on GWPM. (d) Typewriting in Junior high is being taught primarily with the personal-use objective, and is being taught in most systems for one semester or longer. (e) Manual typewriters and blank keyboards are being used rather than instruction on the electric machine or the lettered keyboard. (f) Speed is no longer being stressed; technique is being emphasized more. (g) The most important items to be included in the teaching of junior high typewriting as expressed by the teachers in the study were the personal letter, reports, themes, and short business letters. The feeling was that those learnings which were more vocational in nature should be taught in an advanced typewriting class. (h) Aside from the constant repetition of instructions, no special difficulties were encountered with the junior high typewriting students. (i) Teachers questioned in the study strongly believe that typewriting should remain in the junior high school curriculum.


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