ERIC Number: ED371398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Effects of Computer Correspondence on Student Writing.
Hood, Laura M.
A study investigated the effects on second graders' writing due to their participation in an electronic mail letter exchange. Subjects were 14 second-grade students who participated in a project on Virginia's Public Education Network, where they corresponded with a person in the character of Winnie-the-Pooh. A pre-test/posttest design was used in a 5-week interval. A rating scale was used to evaluate the students' writing. The students' writing was then grouped to correspond with the domains on the scoring system used for the Virginia Literacy Passport Test. Results indicated that the subjects scored higher in the composing and style domains on the posttest than the pretest, but lower in the usage domain and sentence formation on the posttest than the pretest. Results also indicated no change on the mechanics domain scores. Surveys of the subjects revealed largely positive attitudes towards the project. With future research, projects like this could be improved and become even more effective in promoting student writing. (Contains 20 references and 4 figures of data. The rating scale for the pre-test and posttest, the rating scale categories of the Virginia Literacy Passport, and the student opinion survey are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia