Using words instead of jumbled characters as stimuli in keyboard training facilitates fluent performance

Anthony Defulio, Darlene E. Crone-Todd, Lauren V. Long, Paul A. Nuzzo, Kenneth Silverman

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Abstract

Keyboarding skill is an important target for adult education programs due to the ubiquity of computers in modern work environments. A previous study showed that novice typists learned key locations quickly but that fluency took a relatively long time to develop. In the present study, novice typists achieved fluent performance in nearly half the time when words rather than jumbled characters were used as stimuli. This suggests that using real words in the keyboarding program can enhance the efficiency of training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-924
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • adult education
  • fluency
  • job skills
  • typing
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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