Measuring and assessing typing skills in writing research

Van Waes, L., Leijten, M., Roeser, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4463-0923, Olive, T. and Grabowski, J., 2021. Measuring and assessing typing skills in writing research. Journal of Writing Research, 13 (1), pp. 107-153. ISSN 2030-1006

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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. lowfrequent 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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Writing Research
Creators: Van Waes, L., Leijten, M., Roeser, J., Olive, T. and Grabowski, J.
Publisher: Universiteit Antwerpen
Date: 31 May 2021
Volume: 13
Number: 1
ISSN: 2030-1006
Rights: This article is published under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 Mar 2021 10:14
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 13:53

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