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A comparison of keyboarded and handwritten compositions and the relationship with transcription speed
Vincent Connelly, Deborah Gee and Elinor Walsh
Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK
British Journal of Educational Psychology (2007), 77, 479-492

Background
It is well established that handwriting fluency constrains writing quality by limiting resources for higher order processes such as planning and reviewing. According to the ‘simple view of writing’ then slow keyboarding speed should hinder the quality of keyboarded essay compositions in the same way the slow handwriting hinders handwritten essay compositions. Given a lack of touch-typing instruction in the UK schools it was hypothesized that children’s written compositions produced via the keyboard would be worse than produced by hand

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