ERIC Number: ED255943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Computer in the English Class: The Changing Role of the English Teacher.
Herrmann, Andrea W.
The computer represents an instrument of change for students and teachers alike. For most students learning to use the computer to write, the writing process is temporarily more difficult and stressful and capable of creating a highly charged, emotional trauma for the writer. The constraints of learning what keys to push and how to get out of trouble when the wrong keys are pushed interferes with the writing process. Students must have a fairly strong ego and an even stronger sense of determination to be willing to risk making mistakes, to continue making mistakes, and yet not let these factors interfere with their learning process. Not all students can comply under these trying conditions. Some become demoralized so quickly that rather than directing their energies at the learning tasks, they immesh themselves in dysfunctional behavior patterns, creating new obstacles to their learning. The teacher's role becomes more like a coach than anything else. The important thing to teach computer using writers is that mastery of a word-processing program requires a willingness to interact, to explore, and to experiment. Rather than requiring that certain activities be done, the teacher can demonstrate processes, make suggestions, and expand the students' awareness of alternatives available to them. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (74th, Detroit, MI, November 16-21, 1984).