ERIC Number: ED331062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-21
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Personality Influences on Student Use of Word Processing.
Sudol, Ronald A.
Understanding the rich variety of personality differences can help teachers to avoid using new technology in ways that separate students from their best sources of strength. Twenty freshman students who were asked to react to 16 statements about writer's strengths and weaknesses not only answered very predictably according to their (Myers-Briggs) personality type, but even commented on the effects of word processing on writing in ways that suggest that the technology magnifies both strengths and weaknesses. Some students found in word processing ways to compensate for the areas in which they are less gifted. Writers need not adapt their habits to the features of technology such as word processors, but should instead use the technology according to their own set of gifts. It would seem that the focus of teaching ought to be on using word processing for its ability to offer compensitory disciplines. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).