ERIC Number: ED329966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interactive Effects of Computer Network and Student Characteristics on Students' Writing and Collaborating.
Spaulding, Cheryl L.; Lake, Daniel
This study investigated the effects of having student writers use a set of networked computers to assist them in their writing lessons. Subjects were 15 students who were designated by their school district as remedial writers because they did not pass a writing competency test in their freshman year. For 10 weeks students participated in the AT&T Learning Network and collaborated on a project with students in six other locations around the country and overseas connected by means of an electronic network. The project involved the writing and publication of a booklet about life in the various locations. Each student wrote an essay in September before work with the computer network system was begun and again in January after work with the computer network system was completed. Results were consistent with the findings of much larger studies. Findings indicated that the benefits of introducing network technologies in composition classrooms may be greatest for those students who have traditionally fared poorly in those classrooms. This new technology may be especially well suited to the elusive task of creating a more equitable educational system, one in which all students interact freely and comfortably with their teachers and peers, thereby increasing their opportunities to learn and grow. (Two figures and two tables of data are included and 15 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AT and T Learning Network
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).