ERIC Number: ED260406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Using the Computer as Writing Teacher: The Heart of the Great Debates.
Herrmann, Andrea W.
A review of the literature on computers and writing reveals that a dichotomy exists. The great debate that has been taking place in the world of writing instruction mirrors the emerging debate concerning the implementation of computers in education. Applications and research fall into one of two categories: the computer as a teaching instrument of the basic skills or the computer used in holistic ways as a writing tool. There seems to be reason for optimism about the teaching of writing, the role of the computer in that process, and the fact that the current interest in writing and computerized instruction may serve to create a new emphasis and new strategies in the art. Word processing is probably the most common way the computer is used holistically as a writing tool. Various studies done on computer assisted programs include Burns and Culp's experiment with a college freshman English group and Colette Daiute's studies on the effects of word processing with computers on children's writing. The question of how the composing process is affected using the computer is a complex one. Work in the area of computers and writing needs to take into account the ongoing research on the writing process, so that the best educational implementations of this new writing tool may be discovered. (DF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In Proceedings of the Annual Summer Conference "The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind II" (Eugene, OR, July 20-22, 1983).