ERIC Number: ED043241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-15
Reference Count: 0
The Use of the Dictating Machine to Individualize the Teaching of Composition Skills. Final Report.
Mc Colley, Jean; Hemmens, Tom
In an English class and a writing laboratory, dictating machines were used to increase skills of composition and to work out methods for the most advantageous use of the machines. Fifteen students out of a class of 100 used the machines for regular class work; in the laboratory, out of 70 volunteers, 35 were taught by tutors, and 35 were put to work at the dictating machines with tutor assistance as needed. Tutors discovered that by using prepared tapes and the dictating machines, they could teach three times as many students as they had before. The machines were thought to be helpful to the tutors, also, in giving them various insights and was considered unexpectedly useful to non-laboratory students who used them for review. Although laboratory students using the machines did slightly less well on evaluated final composition than laboratory students not using the machines, the dictating machines were thought to be helpful in bringing recognition of the oral quality in writing and in establishing habits of independent study. (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Coll. of Pittsburg.