Jon S. Kroeze

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Barbara Fennema

Second Advisor

Dennis Vander Plaats


This study investigated the influence of keyboarding proficiency on writing quality. The participants were seventeen fifth graders in a small private school. One sample group participated in formal keyboarding instruction for seven weeks. The other sample group used the computers for the same seven week period but with other programs not related to improving keyboarding proficiency. Keyboarding tests were taken as a pre-test and post-test. Writing samples were taken as a pre-test and post-test and scored holistically. An analysis of the keyboarding pre-test and post-tests suggested that a significant improvement in keyboarding skills had developed for the group given formal keyboarding instruction. However, in analyzing the writing samples, the results suggest equal improvement in writing quality for both the keyboarding and control group.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education