ERIC Number: ED260425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-12
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effects of Word Processing on the Correctness of Student Writing.
A study was conducted to determine the effects of word processing on the correctness of student writing. Student papers produced on the word processor were compared with those produced without the word processor in two classes of freshman English--an experimental and a control. The teacher attempted to keep the teaching methods and curriculum in both experimental and control sections as nearly the same as possible, with the exception that students in the experimental class used the word processor in the production of their writing assignments, including proofreading and stylistic programs available at the computer center as needed. The results indicated that the experimental and control groups were very nearly alike in all of the correctness features analyzed except spelling, which could be accounted for by the experimental group's access to a spelling checker. These results suggest that the errors students make in hand-written papers are the same errors they make in computer-produced papers. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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).