Masters Thesis

Predicting success in first-year shorthand: selection of a predictive instrument.

Each year, high school students across the nation enroll in first-year shorthand, generally with the thought of becoming a secre- tary. Unfortunately, most of these high schools do not provide a formal procedure for counselors to follow in placing students in shorthand, other than perhaps the general impression they have of the students through their previous grade records, English grades, and/or reading aptitude. Consequently, many students sign up for the course simply because their friends are going to take shorthand or because their parents wish them to.

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