ERIC Number: ED340036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Using Computers To Improve Writing Skills and Attitudes of Middle School Students.
Shields, Mark H.
A practicum used computers to improve the use of standard English and the attitude towards writing of a group of middle school students in a predominantly Nicaraguan neighborhood in a large metropolitan area. The project was directed towards 32 sixth- to eighth-graders of average ability who were enrolled in an introductory computer literacy/applications course. In this classroom, 56.25% of the students were Nicaraguan, 12.5% were White Non-Hispanic, and 31.25% were Black. Out of this group, 10 sixth-graders were targeted for the research project on the basis of low scores: (1) on the Stanford Achievement Test; and (2) on a holistically assessed writing sample. An attitude survey was also administered. After the 8-week implementation period, an assessment of students' stories showed that they had improved their use of standard English, and the post-treatment attitude survey indicated that students enjoyed writing the stories and felt more positive about the writing process. (Four tables of data and 14 references are included. Seven appendixes--including a school improvement plan, writing attitude presurvey and postsurvey, holistic grading criteria, and stories written by two students--are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Story Writing
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.