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ERIC Number: ED318429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 55
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The Computer as Writing Tutor: Is There a Place in the Process for Computer-Based Text Analysis?
Brock, Mark N.
An investigation of two approaches to individualized computer-assisted instruction in ESL (English as a Second Language) was conducted. One treatment group, consisting of two university students, received exclusively product-oriented feedback, while the other group of two students received exclusively process-oriented feedback. In the product-oriented group, conferences centered on feedback from an experimental text analysis program, IBM's Critique. Tutoring in the other group centered on the use of a word-processing program for generating and revising content and organization. Subjects met individually with the tutor and wrote the same number of drafts on the same general topics. It was found that the group using the text analysis program and receiving exclusively product-oriented feedback produced a higher proportion of short sentences, shorter drafts, and fewer meaningful revisions than the group receiving process-oriented feedback. Both groups expressed positive attitudes overall, though the degree of positive reaction in the text analysis group diminished somewhat in the course of the study. (22 references) (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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