ERIC Number: ED243129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Marriage of Two Minds: The Word Processor and Natural Habits of Thought in the "Discovery" Stage of Composing.
Aschauer, Mary Ann; White, Fred D.
Word processing programs offer five capabilities that can help students over the physical and psychological constraints associated with writing. First, producing text on a word processor is more tentative and more noncommital than producing text on paper. This reassures the writer that it is all right to experiment with words. Second, the blinking cursor on the screen gently coaxes the writer to keep going. Third, text can be produced easily and rapidly. Fourth, retrospective structuring is facilitated because the text is easier to read; and fifth, the "windowing" on some programs helps narrow the gap between brainstorming and the finished product. As a result, students can begin to develop more quickly such cognitive skills as inquiring, analyzing, and arranging, which are necessary for successful writing. Furnished with the knowledge that the composing process is complex, recursive, and holistic, one can hypothesize that the intuitive process of the brain's right hemisphere may contribute to both the productivity and the creativity of this recursiveness. Therefore, any heuristic program that is developed or used in the writing classroom must not simply ask students to outline or to list, for that would counteract the recursiveness of the writing process and make the intuitive power of the brain's right hemisphere even less available to student writers. (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).