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ERIC Number: ED246430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 106
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of a Computer-Based Text-Editor on the Creativity and Writing Skills of Community College Composition Students: A Pilot Project.
Collier, Richard M.
A study compared written texts produced by hand, by typewriter, and by word processor for differences in improvement in creativity and writing skills. Subjects included six college students--two with high creative ability, two with average creative ability, and two with low or weak ability. During a training period, the subjects were required to become familiar with a selectric typewriter and a word processing unit. During the next stage of the project, the students met each week for six weeks to compose their essays. In the first two weeks they composed their texts by hand, in the second two weeks they wrote on typewriters, and in the last two weeks they composed on the word processors. All the subjects wrote on the same topics and did so in the same sequence. Among the findings were the following: (1) the average creative ability group increased in creativity and the high creative ability group increased its scores in writing skills when they shifted from writing by hand to typing; (2) the strong ability group improved its creativity most with the word processor; (3) the average creativity group was the most creative on the typewriter, next most creative on the word processor, and least creative when writing by hand; (4) the weak creative ability group, like the strong group, displayed little difference in creativity between essays written by hand and on a typewriter emerged; and (5) just as the persuasive essays were assessed to be superior to the expository essays in creativity, so also were they assessed to be superior in writing skills. (Tables of findings accompany the text, and appendixes include a creativity scale and the CUNY test evaluation scales for writing skill assessment.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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