ERIC Number: ED267407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
Slouching toward Bethlehem: Where Are We Going? Working Draft.
Selfe, Cynthia L.
English teachers tend to welcome computers uncritically into the classroom, resulting in three problem areas: (1) a lack of critical thinking about computers and their role in writing pedagogy; (2) a limited selection of computer-assisted instruction that is both theoretically and pedagogically sound; and (3) a limited program of research on the effects of computers on writing, writers, and the teaching of writing. Without advanced planning or systematic faculty discussions about the role of computers in writing instruction, teachers may find themselves with purchased software that has not been tested or with software that has been recommended by computer scientists who have little or no understanding of composition theory and research. When English teachers do take the time to examine computers from a fresh vantage point, they need to take a critical look at the software and look for programs that take students beyond drill and practice, grammar and spelling, and games and graphics. Similarly, teachers need to take advantage of the computer research that has already been done, to continue to explore the effects of computers on writing, and to strike out in some new directions of their own. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (75th, Philadelphia, PA, November 22-27, 1985).