ERIC Number: ED272898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Word Processing on Revision and Attitude toward Writing.
Fitch, Joyce Easter
A study examined the effect of word processing on students' revision of compositions and attitudes toward writing. Sixty seventh-grade students enrolled in a required writing course were randomly assigned to either the experimental or the control group. The experimental group used a word processor for all stages and aspects of writing, while the control group used pen and paper exclusively. All the subjects wrote seven one-paragraph assignments during the nine-week treatment period. No significant difference was found in the students' attitude toward writing--measured before and after treatment by survey--as a result of word processing. Furthermore, using the Stanford Achievement Test subtests for spelling and language, the study concluded that word processing had no effect on students' spelling and punctuation. Overall, the experimental group made more revisions than did the control group, but when revisions were divided into levels (minor, intermediate, and major), the control group made more minor revisions, the groups did not differ significantly in the number of intermediate revisions they made, and the experimental groups made significantly more major revisions than the control group. The study concluded that though word processing did not affect students' attitudes toward writing or their ability to recognize incorrect punctuation or spelling, it did help students revise more and at a higher level. (A three-page list of references, tables providing statistical information, and an appendix illustrating a writing attitude survey are included.) (Author/SRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Thesis, National College of Education.