ERIC Number: ED263602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
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Issues in Software Development in Composition.
Barker, Thomas T.
Noting the increase in the number of teachers developing computer software for composition instruction, this paper explores the issues that are shaping the direction of computer assistance in writing instruction. The first half of the paper deals with specific questions teachers must consider as they design software. These are divided into categories for (1) design, including the pedagogical theory underlying the software, the audience and focus of the software, and professional standards; (2) development, including hiring good programers at competitive wages, management strategies, and testing and quality assurance standards; and (3) distribution, including copyright, licensing, distribution methods, and packaging. The second half of the paper explores the broader issues confronting teachers developing software for composition instruction. These include the environment or conditions under which the software will be used, the role that teachers will play in that environment, and the characteristics of software programing as it is likely to be practiced by English teachers. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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