ERIC Number: ED373777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Analysis of the Effect of Networking on Computer-Assisted Collaborative Writing in a Fifth Grade Classroom.
Allen, Gayle; Thompson, Ann
This study examined the effects of a computer-mediated networked learning environment on the writing of fifth grade students who used word processing to write four texts collaboratively during an 8-week period. A telecommunication network was utilized to allow the students in the experimental group to send their work via e-mail to an audience of readers who read and responded to their writing. Findings suggest that when students knew they would be sending their writing to an outside reader and when they received a prompt response, there was a positive effect on the quality of writing. Results also suggest females used the computer technology when the environment was cooperative and they had equal access to the equipment. There is also indication that writing to communicate to an authentic audience outside the classroom may have contributed to the males in the experimental group scoring higher on the writing assignments than the males in the control. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Cooperative Learning, Educational Environment, Electronic Mail, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Intermode Differences, Pretests Posttests, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Word Processing, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).