ERIC Number: ED249465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Word Processing Approach to Language Experience.
Smith, Nancy J.
A major topic of interest for teachers participating in a graduate course in reading and computers was the application of word processing to facilitate reading and writing instruction. The course strategy for learning about computers and reading and writing instruction involved identifying helpful articles for theoretical background and practical suggestions, then trying out that knowledge with some learners. The articles the class identified as being most helpful seemed to do one of three things: (1) help the class understand why the reading/writing approach or language experience approach (LEA) should be part of the instructional program, (2) persuade the class that such an approach could be accomplished, or (3) show the class how to go about implementing the approach. The teachers' enthusiasm generated by reading the articles was increased by attempting the word processing/LEA with students. The process, which was highly motivational for both teachers and students, begins with children dictating stories as the teacher enters them on the computer, then gradually allowing students to write the stories themselves. The concensus of the class was that if a microcomputer is available to teachers of reading or writing, word processing is a necessity. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Writing Relationship; Theory Practice Relationship