ERIC Number: ED258560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Cognitive Technologies for Writing. Technical Report No. 30.
Pea, Roy D.; Kurland, D. Midian
This paper synthesizes some of the many ideas and issues pertaining to research on the development of writing skills, and on creating new technologies for writing. Such technologies include computer-based production tools, videodiscs, and other mass storage technologies with potential for knowledge storing and structuring. The discussion also explores how these technologies help link the creative powers of the human mind, particularly in relation to the writing process, with the symbolic powers of the computer. Specific topics include: (1) goals for writing development; (2) historical background of computer writing tools; (3) cognitive science and writing development; (4) novice writers: children vs. adults; (5) future prospects of cognitive writing technologies; (6) local writer-related issues; and (7) the broader issues of society, schools, and family. The report also addresses the problems of software designers in generating writing tools that will be qualitatively better than those that are currently available, and concludes with an extensive bibliography. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.