ERIC Number: ED415515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Poetry through Interactive Computer Programs.
Nimchinsky, Howard; Camp, Jocelyn
The goal of a project was to design, test, and evaluate several computer programs that allow students in introductory literature and poetry courses to explore a poem in detail and, through a dialogue with the program, to develop their own interpretation of it. Computer programs were completed on poems by Robert Frost and W.H. Auden. Both programs were tested, revised, and retested in classes at Kingsborough Community College, New York, and at other institutions. Preliminary versions of two more computer programs were produced--one on Gerard Manley Hopkins'"The Windhover" and one on elementary prosody. Feedback from students and faculty was overwhelmingly positive and was used to implement changes in the software. Statistical results were inconclusive, but seemed to indicate that those who benefited most from the programs were able to apply what they had learned to the study of another related poem. Appendixes contain information for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education; statistical results of testing in year 1 and year 2; student questionnaires; a report by outside evaluator Dr. Mohamed Tazari; a grid used for programming; print-outs of student sessions; and a conference program. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kingsborough Community Coll., Brooklyn, NY.