ERIC Number: ED335010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Writing Skills in a Computer-Intensive Environment.
Ross, Steven M.; And Others
Uses of the computer to support the development of writing skills was examined in a computer-intensive educational context, the Apple Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT). Subjects were 55 sixth-grade minority students, 25 of whom were ACOT participants and the remainder members of a matched control group attending the same school. Computer-based writing experiences consisted of using word-processing as a primary classroom writing mode and electronic mail as a supplementary activity. Results from a year-long study indicated high enthusiasm and preference by ACOT students for word-processing applications, which they used naturally and routinely for virtually all writing tasks. The electronic mail component was regarded as less effective due to hardware problems and the lack of an organized activity plan. Evidence for the achievement benefits of the computer-based writing program was provided by the superiority of the ACOT group over the control group on writing samples collected during the school year. (2 tables, 32 references) (Author/BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Presentations at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; see IR 015 132.