Strategic Keyboard Training and Spelling Improvement among Children with Learning Disabilities and Mental Retardation

Malka Margalit, Yael B. Roth

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of a strategic keyboard training program for improving the spelling performance of children with mild disabilities. The sample consisted of 36 mildly disabled students divided into two groups: 18 learning disabled students, and 18 educable mentally retarded students. The teachers used strategic procedures emphasising awareness of word structure and spelling strategies, combined with keyboard training, for a duration of three months (45-minute sessions, twice weekly). The results demonstrated a significant decrease in spelling errors, as assessed through computer typing and handwriting. However, the comparisons between the group achievements of the learning disabled and mentally retarded children did not reveal significant differences in the development of the spelling performance. Analysis of the results, and of the four case-studies, pin-pointed attention onto the initial individual differences in the spelling performance, and onto the students' individual learning style during training, emphasising the need for an individualised approach in remedial computerised spelling procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalEducational Psychology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989

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