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ERIC Number: ED331045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
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Computers and Revisions--Wishful Thinking or Reality?
Rhodes, Barbara K.; Ives, Nancy
A study was conducted to determine whether composition students revise more and write better essays on a word processor than they do with pen, ink, and typewriter. Students wrote four out-of-class papers, with two classes using computers and two using pen, paper, and typewriter. Students had to produce at least two drafts of each paper. Sixty papers, from 30 students, were scored on a modified Diederich Analytic Scale. The researchers (composition class teachers) read each paper, comparing each and tallying whether each change was global, sentence, or surface level. Results indicated that the pen and typewriter group made more changes from the first to the last draft. The breakdown of changes showed that students made more sentence and surface level changes than global ones. The gain scores of the computer and pen and typewriter groups showed no significant difference as determined by a t-test. (Three tables of data are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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