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ERIC Number: ED394295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis of Computer Workstation and Handwriting Use by ESP Students.
Izzo, John
A study at the University of Aizu (Japan) investigated characteristics of technical writing assignments composed in English as a second language on computer workstations and by hand. The in-class workstation essays and hand-written essays of 24 students revealed that while all were of similar overall quality, the workstation essays were not as well organized and were significantly shorter in length than the hand-written essays. A questionnaire concerning both writing processes was then administered to these and 55 additional students. It indicated that while students generally felt that workstations contributed to learning English, there were a number of problems associated with their use, including: inability to see what the final paper will look like; less efficient work; teacher time spent teaching about workstation use; time spent at the workstation on other homework or other computer activities; and eye strain. It is concluded from these data and previous research that workstations are well-suited for some assignments, but that handwriting may provide students with greater control in others. (Contains six references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Japan; University of Aizu (Japan)