ERIC Number: ED243116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Problems with Current Research in Writing Using the Microcomputer.
Rosenbaum, Nina J.
Limited ability students, reluctant to revise and edit written compositions, frequently produce final drafts that are below the minimum standards set by high school English departments. The use of the microcomputer and word processing may provide a means by which students can revise and improve their finished products. Programs are continuously being developed to add to the traditional word processing format in an attempt to help writers improve the readability of their texts. Additional benefits to using the computer include (1) multiple copies of a draft can easily be printed for use in peer editing groups, (2) final drafts can be displayed without the stigma of poor handwriting, (3) the absence of handwriting encourages large revisions, and (4) revisions can be more easily done in stages, leaving writers free to concentrate on different aspects of revising at different times. Although a number of arguments can be made against computer usage with reluctant writers, the fact remains that teachers in remedial writing courses have been unable to help their students through the use of traditional textbooks. Perhaps through the study of the effects of computers and text writers, the revising strategies of reluctant writers can be improved, even though the level of revision may only include mechanical skills, lexical and structural aspects of a text. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Spring Conference of the Delaware Valley Writing Council and Villanova University's English Department (Villanova, PA, February 25, 1984).