ERIC Number: ED283195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Word Processing and Composition Revision Strategies.
Kurth, Ruth J.
A study was conducted to determine whether the use of word processing improves both the amount and the quality of revision done by high school students. Subjects were 24 ninth grade students enrolled in a special class for interested writers, and therefore probably better than average ninth grade writers. Twelve students were assigned to an experimental group and instructed in composition using computer word processing. The remaining students did not use word processors. Students in both groups were taught skills in prewriting, draft writing, revising, and editing and were given ample opportunity to use them. Each student was assigned four compositions, which were evaluated and graded. Students could turn in as many drafts as they wanted. In each group students were assigned to revising/editing subgroups and were required to consult with them at least once before turning in any final draft. Results of the grading and evaluations indicated that word processing programs enhanced writing instruction. The group that used the word processors wrote more substantial compositions than did the other group. (Tables of data and 45 references are included.) (AEW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987). For a related document, see ED 277 049.