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ERIC Number: ED230978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Computers for Composing.
Kane, Janet H.
A study investigated how eighth grade students used a microcomputer-based word processing system for composing. Five students, with a range of writing skills, used the technology across 10 class sessions. Data were gathered through interviews with the students about their models for composing, experiences that influenced their writing development, and opinions about the computer as a medium for writing. In addition, the students were systematically observed during class sessions and printouts of text files from each student were reviewed. Results showed that students initially assimilated composing with the computer to their general models of composing. As with pencil and paper, they produced text linearly, trying to write each sentence perfectly before going on to the next. Most revisions were corrections of spelling or punctuation. However, there was some evidence that the computer could be used to promote involvement with composing, focus attention on the overall organization of the text, provide opportunities for practicing revision procedures, and create a context for experimenting with alternative texts. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).