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ERIC Number: ED402591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing as Involvement: A Case for Face-to-Face Classroom Talk in a Computer Age.
Berggren, Anne G.
The abandonment of face-to-face voice conversations in favor of the use of electronic conversations in composition classes is an issue to be interrogated. In a recent push to "prepare students for the 21st century," teachers are asked to teach computer applications in the humanities--and composition teachers, who will teach writing in computer labs using, among other techniques, electronic classroom conversations, are being recruited. Enthusiasts claim that this will ensure more student and less teacher participation and overcome hierarchies based on sex, race, class, attractiveness, personal charm, or status, leading to more equalization of power. But should voice conversation, face-to-face talk, be uncritically abandoned? Voice conversation can aid the development of writing by emphasizing what is missing in writing, what must be made up for, and what contextual clues, elaborations, and tones have to be inserted to guide readers. Voice conversation in the classroom also helps develop the kinds of oral practice that are part of writing in the academy as well as in the outside world. An important forum for both invention and feedback may be lost when students are required to write their conversation. Replacing voice with electronic conversations in the classroom may put too much emphasis on the "how" of writing rather than the "why" of writing and class rapport may not be established via computer because too few facets of personality get translated electronically. (Contains 8 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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