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ERIC Number: ED440381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-13
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Reluctant Writers & Writing-Prompt Software.
Yackanicz, Linda
This study investigated the use of a writing-prompt software program, "The Ultimate Writing and Creativity Center," by two reluctant writers (two third-grade students attending a school in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and compared their work with their pencil and paper writing. Given that computers are effective tools for supporting children's writing, and given the claims of software companies that writing-prompt programs help reluctant writers, the following question was asked: What happens when a reluctant writer uses writing-prompt software? The data reported were obtained from questionnaires, interviews, observations, and a collection of paper and pencil stories and computer work. Results indicated that writing-prompt software enabled two reluctant writers to think differently about their writing. They wrote more using the computer and were willing to compose stories on the computer. In addition, they took these experiences of writing with the computer and applied this knowledge to their everyday writing. Implications for teaching practices and future research are discussed. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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