ERIC Number: ED319181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Computer-Supported Writing Instruction on the Writing Quality of Learning-Disabled Students. Final Report.
Morocco, Catherine Cobb; And Others
This report describes a federally funded project to study integration of computers into the writing instruction of classroom teachers, and evaluates the impact of a computer-supported writing program on instruction, on the writing process, and on products of normally achieving and learning-disabled (LD) students. The study compared the impact of a computer-supported versus pencil-and-paper writing process program on students' writing quality and attitudes. The study involved 62 fourth-grade students in treatment classrooms using computers, 16 of whom were LD students, and 65 students in comparison classrooms not using computers, 13 of whom were LD students. Results showed modest support for a computer-supported writing environment. The computer, in combination with an instructional approach that emphasized extensive composing, revising, and individualized help, contributed to gains in writing quality. Experimental students reported a greater enjoyment of writing at the end of the study year than they reported at the beginning. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Services.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.