ERIC Number: ED399537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Improving Student Writing Skills through the Use of Technology.
Raef, Catherine M.
This report describes a program for the advancement of student writing skills. The targeted population consisted of elementary school students in a growing middle class community, located in a suburb of a large Midwestern city. The problem of low writing scores was documented in student writing samples, teaching observations, and scores from the Standard Achievement Test. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students lacked quality models for writing; had limited background knowledge; received academic instruction with one emphasis; and lacked motivation to write. Faculty reported a weakness in students' writing skills. Reviews of curricula content and instructional strategies revealed an over emphasis on skilled subjects; a failure to incorporate whole language approaches; and a tendency for instruction to have only one emphasis. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of two major categories of intervention: the establishment of a Writer's Workshop in the classroom, and the incorporation of technology into the classroom to enhance the writing curriculum. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in student writing skills. Students' motivation to write increased as demonstrated by their observable behavior and documented work in the classroom setting. (Contains 18 references and 17 appendixes of research material, including 10 figures of data and student portfolio samples.) (Author/TB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Project, St. Xavier University.