Study analyzing changes in shorthand use during employment, 1966

Another interesting find:

I found the regional differences in use interesting, and the conclusions and recommendations.
I was disappointed that only Simplified and DJS were included in the study, as I would like to know how those using Anniversary kept to the principles and rules.

(by Shorthand-learner
for everyone)


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  1. Now, this is only a guess, but due to the wealth of advanced practice and reading material provided for Anniversary, I would believe the original theory may have been fairly well followed with the exception that a practical writer who did not review the books after a decade or so of use would drop the least-encountered suffixes, prefixes and brief forms from usage.

    I found interesting that use of writing past tenses in Simplified was the most common deviation from theory as it was also the Simplified past tenses that presented my biggest problem after I began working with Anniversary … I found the theory as laid out in Anniversary much easier to retain for active use.

  2. I took a look at that study and the statistical analysis seems all wrong to me. Why didn't they use T tests to compare the means? I'm starting to think the whole analysis needs to be junked and that the conclusions are not empirically supported.


  3. It is an odd test. In the preface to the Simplified Manual it's stated that a survey of on-the-job usage and advice from teachers prompted the elimination of many briefs and phrases that, while taught, were not employed in real-life situations. In the hey-day of Anniversary I'm sure there was much more interaction between the Gregg organization and teachers and students because The Gregg Writer was an active part of classroom use. Note that Dr. Gregg called upon reporters to submit their shortcuts periodically and would publish these submissions or suggestions.

    This particular testing of on-the-job usage in 1966 puzzles me because in 1966 there still must have been a great many working stenographers and reporters who had learned Anniversary. It seems a logical surmise that Anniversary was still taught in many high schools in the early '50's as schools would have owned a great many Anniversary texts in good condition (and we know how cautious school managements are about purchasing new texts) and all practicing teachers at that time would have learned and used Anniversary. As late as 1959 my shorthand teacher was delighted that I was interested in learning Anniversary and even provided me with a key to Speed Studies Third Edition. In short, I am suspicious of the motive behind many of the tests and of the results. Call me paranoid. ROF.

    Too bad a millionaire isn't interested enough in shorthand today to fund test groups in Anniversary, Simplified and DJS (say, 3 groups of 10 each) over a 2-year period and test their developing skill at taking dictation and transcription. The results should be most interesting.

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