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ERIC Number: ED314763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing with a Microcomputer in Grade One: A Study in Collaboration.
Butler, Sydney J.; Cox, Barbara
A case study explored the composing processes of two grade one students to determine the role of the computer as a learning tool in the first grade classroom. Analysis of the texts of the children's writing and transcriptions of the tape-recorded collaborative exercise in writing and computer use by the children revealed that young children, given a modicum of teacher support, can be allowed to work independently at a computer, where they are able to use their own resources in a collaborative setting to solve their problems of composing and word processing. The children were able to sustain their interest over many 20-30 minute periods of work, exhibited increased text reading and rereading during composition in order to clarify and expand their ideas, and evidenced improved reading enthusiasm as they incorporated a sense of playfulness into their work. Also, the successes of these two students were effectively shared with the rest of the class. Both became resource people able to respond to any who were having trouble at the computer, and their stories served as models for other students to emulate. Findings suggest that the first grade classroom can absorb the microcomputer into its existing structure in a way that enhances the achievement of the children. (Three texts written by the subjects and transcripts of the conversation recorded during the composing process are included.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada