ERIC Number: ED188245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Stimulating Rhetorical Invention in English Composition through Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Burns, Hugh L., Jr.
Students in four freshman composition classes participated in a study to discover if computer assisted instruction (CAI) could be designed, developed, and programed that would effectively stimulate students' inventive processes. A computer was programed with questions drawn from Aristotles' enthymeme topics. Students in the experimental sections were taught the keyboard characteristics of a computer terminal and participated in practice sessions that reviewed the invention program's directions, specifically the direct commands and the question-asking features. Posttest administration began a week after the practice sessions. Students in the experimental sections were told, "If you think it, type it"; while those in the control sections were instructed, "If you think it, write it down." Both groups were given 30 minutes to complete the test. The primary findings of the study were: (1) CAI could be programed that would encourage growth both in the number and sophistication of ideas; (2) questioning dialogues could help students articulate, refine, and preserve their ideas; (3) these dialogues could ignore content in favor of perspective and still help students begin writing; and (4) theories of creativity based on intersecting content and perspective were programable. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Invention (Rhetorical)
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