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ERIC Number: ED429305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Behind the Black Veil: Fear, the Internet, and Teaching Composition.
Mauriello, Nick; Pagnucci, Gian
Two writing teachers designed a graduate-level seminar where other writing teachers could share writing with the global electronic community. They expected these seminar students to embrace this new technology because the benefits of Internet writing seemed to provide a practical way to promote audience, voice, and collaboration, three of the basic tenets of the process movement in writing instruction. What the instructors found instead was resistance, fear, and uncertainty. The graduate seminar was designed around the basic idea that students would write a series of papers for publication on the Internet. What actually happened was that the students (seasoned writing instructors who had little experience with computer classrooms and even less experience with the Internet) distrusted the notion of writing for an unknown audience and resisted sharing their own personal work with the world. There was no establishment of an on-line community and the instructors' desire for a global discourse never materialized. The instructors worried initially that the students were being constrained by fear and distrust of the Internet: they now understand that these are ethical considerations that teachers must address in seeking to make Internet technologies a part of the classroom. Contains 10 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A