ERIC Number: ED341061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
A Professor Responds by Computer to the Writing of Elementary Students. ERIC Digest.
During the summer of 1990, a university English education professor in Indiana responded to the writing of 20 fourth through seventh graders via a computer installed in his home. The students wrote daily anything ranging from a 3-line haiku to 10-20 computer-screen stories. The classroom teacher took the students through the steps in the writing process, suggesting topics and writing modes where appropriate. All of the students' writing was sent daily by computer network to the professor, who responded to each piece. More than half of the students incorporated some, if not all, of the professor's suggestions in their revisions. After responding to 263 pieces of writing, the professor now has no doubts that students at all levels of instruction write more and write better when they can use a computer and when they have an interested audience in addition to the classroom teacher. (RS)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, College School Cooperation, Computer Networks, Electronic Mail, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Writing Achievement, Writing Evaluation, Writing Instruction
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th St., Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana