ERIC Number: ED309408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How the Writing Medium Shapes the Writing Process: Effects of Word Processing on Planning.
A study examined the effect of word processing on the amount and kind of planning writers do. Subjects, 10 experienced writers and 10 student writers, wrote essays with pen and paper, word processing alone, and a combination of word processing and pen and paper. All students were experienced with computers. The subjects' think-aloud protocols and planning notes were analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) there was less planning with word processing; (2) there was less conceptual planning and more sequential planning with word processing; (3) the effects of writing media were similar for both experienced and student writers; and (4) there were vast differences in how writers use word processing and pen and paper together. (Five tables of data are included and 62 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.