ERIC Number: ED308501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Word Processing as Decision-Making: Writers' Choices of Writing Media.
A study examined two writers and their use of word processing and pen and paper in order to set up and draw out the important variables that influence writers' decisions about word processing. Subjects, a college freshman and an engineer, were interviewed about their writing processes and were observed in their natural environment. Results indicated that these writers chose word processing for many reasons, including neatness and efficiency, the convenience of making changes, and the formatting options available. Results also indicated that factors that led them not to use word processing included needing to see more information than was available on the screen, finding the computer "cold" or "distracting", and lack of convenient access to machines. Findings suggest that the choice to use or not to use word processing is made again and again as new writing tasks are undertaken. (Twenty-seven references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Center for Educational Computing in English.