ERIC Number: ED458043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Synthesis of Writing Workshop and Hypermedia-Authoring: Grades 1-4.
Mott, Michael Seth; Klomes, Jeannine M.
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v3 n2 Fall 2001
A process writing and hypermedia literacy program was designed, taught, and evaluated by early childhood teachers. The program, funded through a Goals 2000 grant, took place in a public school summer camp for children (n=160) ages 6-9 in a public school in rural northeast Mississippi. Reactive-participant data collection methods were used to enable the teachers to react to the needs of the children while collecting data on their experiences. Children experienced an 8-week process writing/hypermedia curriculum that required each learner to create a "hypermedia story" using HyperStudio 3.0. Process writing consisted of children engaging in writing using five discrete stages: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Hypermedia-authoring took place through the use of HyperStudio 3.0 hypermedia presentation software that supported text, audio, video, and graphics tools. Field notes were analyzed using pattern matching and revealed differences and similarities between the younger (6-7) and older (8-9) children. Younger children preferred to create linear hypermedia stories (beginning, middle, and end), whereas older children preferred nonlinear programming. Additionally, younger children were less comfortable drafting on the computer, choosing instead to use concrete materials (paper, crayons, scissors, watercolors, and markers). Older children overwhelmingly preferred to draft on the computer in HyperStudio. In general, all participants exhibited high motivation and intense focus in all aspects of the program, particularly for their work on the computers. Findings indicate the need for early childhood educators to evaluate the curriculum, instruction, and assessment process for writing with hypermedia. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/LLP)
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Computer Uses in Education, Creative Writing, Hypermedia, Multimedia Materials, Primary Education, Process Approach (Writing), Writing Instruction, Writing Workshops
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