Measuring and Assessing Typing Skills in Writing Research
Journal of Writing Research earli | contact
 
journal description
aims and scope
themes
open access
editorial board
current issue
back issues
early view
special issue
most downloaded
peer review policy
abstracting/indexing
award
related websites
contact

Abstract

Measuring and assessing typing skills in writing research

Luuk Van Waes, Mariëlle Leijten, Jens Roeser, Thierry Olive & Joachim Grabowski (2021)
Journal of Writing Research, 13(1), 107-153

In keyboard writing, typing skills are considered an important prerequisite of proficient text production. We describe the design, implementation, and application of a standardized copy-typing task in order to measure and assess individual typing fluency. A test-retest analysis indicates the instrument's reliability.
While the task has been developed across eleven different languages and the related keyboard layouts, we here refer to a corpus of Dutch copy tasks (n = 1682). Analyses show that copying speed non-linearly varies with age. Bayesian analyses reveal differences in the typing performance and the underlying distributions of inter-key intervals between the different task components (e.g., lexical vs. non-lexical materials; high-frequent vs. low-frequent bigrams).
Based on these findings it is strongly recommended to include copy-task measures in the analysis of keystroke logging data in writing studies. This supports a better comparability and interpretability of keystroke data from more complex or communicatively-embedded writing tasks across individuals. Further potential applications of the copy task for writing research are explained and discussed.

PDF | doi: 10.17239/jowr-2021.13.01.04

Export citation: EndNote | BibTeX

For readers
free subscription
alert service
full text
For authors
guide for authors
submit article
For reviewers
guide for reviewers
submit review
Repository login
home contact