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ERIC Number: ED305914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 26
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Implementing Computer-Assisted-Instruction in a Technical Writing Course: Effects on Students' Attitudes.
Jom, Linda; Duin, Ann Hill
This study examined students' attitudes towards the use of computer technology in composition instruction. Subjects were 122 college juniors and seniors enrolled in seven sections of a technical writing course. Students received either 10 weeks of computer assisted instruction (CAI) in a computer environment, 5 weeks of CAI in a computer environment and 5 weeks in a traditional classroom, or 10 weeks of a paper version of the CAI in a traditional classroom. A 57-item attitude inventory was used to measure the students' attitudes towards the course, collaboration, conferencing, and computers/CAI. Results showed differences in groups' attitudes towards organizing their thoughts, evaluating peers' work, time spent revising, amount of pre-writing, amount of course work, in-class computer time, writing tasks, and outside-of-class work. The results suggest a possible process to follow when designing tools to evaluate students' attitudes towards computer implementation. (8 tables and 20 references) (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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