Learning to use a word-processing system as a function of training strategy Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Accommodation, Ocular
  • Corneal Surgery, Laser
  • Depth Perception
  • Eyeglasses
  • Presbyopia
  • Visual Acuity


  • Three training strategies were evaluated for their effectiveness in teaching naive computer users to use a word-processing system. One hundred and thirty five women ranging in age from 25 years to 70 years participated in the study. Subjects were trained using one of three techniques and lpar;instructor, manual, computer and lpar; to perform basic word-processing tasks. The effectiveness of the training strategies was assessed by examining performance on basic word-processing tasks such as typing a letter or memo and editing an existing file. Results showed that for all subjects, computer-based training was a less effective teaching method than either instructor- or manual-based training. In general, subjects who were trained using the computer-based method attempted and completed fewer tasks, took longer to perform tasks, and also made more errors. These findings demonstrate the need for directing efforts towards the development of appropriate training methods for computer tasks. © 1986 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

publication date

  • January 1986



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01449298608914514

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 203

end page

  • 216


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