ERIC Number: ED241953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Using Word Processing to Teach Revision in Written Composition.
Stromberg, Linda; Kurth, Ruth J.
Recently a number of writers and researchers have praised the editing and text moving capabilities of word processing programs, proposing that they can be useful in helping students revise more readily and skillfully. With this premise, 16 eighth grade students participated in a program in which they used a text editor or word processing system to complete written assignments. The system used was "Easy Script" for the Commodore 64 microcomputer. After 2 weeks of practice with the editing functions, the students began simple composition assignments. They also participated in editing groups. Students then brought assignments from other classes to complete using the text editor. After 5 weeks, students filled out a questionnaire concerning their attitudes toward word processing. The responses as well as the observations of the students' behaviors indicated that the students were very positive about their experiences with the word processing system. One of the most obvious benefits of the use of the word processing system was the development of a sharing attitude among students enhanced by the computer lab or center. Probably the most usable word processing system for students is a scholastic program called "Bank Street Writer," although the "Easy Script" proved successful. One instructor asserts that teaching a sophisticated word processing system such as "WordStar" is, in the long run, more beneficial to students than are simpler programs. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (33rd, Austin, TX, November 29-December 3, 1983).