ERIC Number: ED226709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Computers in Composition Instruction. The Proceedings of a Research/Practice Conference Held at SWRL Educational Research and Development (Los Alamitos, California, April 22-23, 1982).
Lawlor, Joseph, Ed.
Suggestions for integrating computer technology and composition instruction are presented in four conference papers, summaries of four conference courseware demonstrations, a paper describing computer-based evaluation of textual responses, and a reactor's address. In an overview of the current state of computer-based composition instruction, Robert Shostak discusses the problems that writing teachers have traditionally faced and offers some promising solutions. Hugh Burns then describes a computer-based dialog designed to assist students in generating writing ideas during prewriting. Earl Woodruff discusses the role that computers can play in helping students compose text, and Ann Lathrop presents criteria for consideration when selecting courseware for purchase. The varied courseware materials demonstrated at the conference are then described. The conference reactor, Alfred Bork, suggests principles that should guide the development of computer-based learning materials and stresses the need for a solid research foundation. In an appendix, the editor outlines problems that instructional developers may encounter in designing programs for teaching writing and discusses the need for interactive programs that can evaluate the form and content of textual responses. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Demonstration Programs, Design Requirements, Instructional Design, Media Selection, Prewriting, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Evaluation, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 4665 Lampson Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 ($4.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.