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ERIC Number: ED249491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Student Writers and Word Processors: A Case Study.
Lansing, Margaret L.
The interaction between student writers and word processors was the subject of a case study that assessed (1) how advanced high school students respond to learning word processing, (2) what immediate impact the machine has on the writing processes and strategies of students, and (3) whether the machine alters students' attitudes toward writing and, if so, how. Over a period of six weeks, the two subjects of the study, both high school juniors, were asked to respond to two survey instruments designed to reveal their writing processes and attitudes, to compose four essays using pen and paper at first and later the computer, and to write protocols after each writing session. These materials were then subjected to a variety of qualitative and quantitative analyses. The findings provide some insight into how two types of students--the planner and the reviser--might respond to a word processing composition course and show that (1) although students may enjoy working on a computer, their enjoyment of the technology does not necessarily mean they have changed their attitude toward writing; (2) because revisers and planners emphasize different stages of the writing process, a reviser may adapt more readily to composing on a computer; (3) viewing their written work on the screen does not, in itself, help students determine what to change or correct; and (4) the limitations of the computer screen and the software affect a writer's strategies. (Appendixes contain copies of the instruments used in the study.) (RBW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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