ERIC Number: ED258256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Collaboration in a High School Computers and Writing Class: An Ethnographic Study.
Herrmann, Andrea W.
In a class of eight students, an attempt was made to determine the effects on student collaboration of using the computer as a writing instrument and the influence the computer might have on social relationships in a high school writing class. Student collaboration consisted of several kinds, including: (1) the sharing of technical help for using the computer and for making computer-created designs, and (2) working in pairs to create and edit a work and to write silly poems and "silent dialogues." These collaborations were important in reducing students' anxieties about both writing and computers, in their learning how to do things, and in establishing the relationships of trust necessary in exposing themselves as learners and writers. Students who learned to collaborate as writers in the class made noticeable gains as writers, felt positive about the experience, discovered writing as an important way of expressing themselves, and sustained their involvement with writing. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).