ERIC Number: ED259531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Creative Writing Competency: A Comparison of Paper and Pencil and Computer Technologies to Improve the Writing Skills of Mildly Handicapped Adolescents.
Crealock, Carol M.; And Others
The paper describes two experiments conducted to improve writing skills of learning disabled adolescents. Experiment 1 used creative prompts plus a cut and paste editing strategy. In experiment 2, the same creative prompts were used with the Bank Street word processing program. Writing samples were scored for composition quality (holistic, number of complex sentences, and number of words per sentence), composition quantity (number of words) and transposition quality (percent of spelling errors) by group and time. Both experimental and control Ss improved from pretest to posttest in both experiments irrespective of editing strategy. Differential responses to the cut and paste versus computer strategies were described as were relative ease of program administration. Interpretations of the results suggest some caution about seeing computer technology as a "cure" for the writing difficulties of the learning disabled. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).