ERIC Number: ED478462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Improving Student Interest in Writing through the Integration of Technology.
This report describes a program to increase intermediate students' interest in writing through the integration of technology. The targeted population consisted of fifth grade students at a medium sized elementary school in the suburb of a large midwestern city. The problem was the low level of student interest in classroom writing activities. The problem became evident through behaviors displayed by students as well as a lack of motivation exhibited by students while working on writing activities. Analysis of data collected for this research revealed that students displayed a lack of interest in writing as well as a lack of confidence in their writing abilities. The students did not show an interest in writing activities that were typically assigned to them. Some possible causes that were explored were the mundane writing activities assigned to students, the complexity of the writing process, increased pressure on teachers to raise writing scores, and the overall lack of student motivation. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable researchers resulted in the selection of three main interventions: creation of a computerized classroom newsletter, development of children's stories using HyperStudio, use of technology for various writing activities. The named solution strategies were used throughout the intervention within the targeted fifth grade. The researcher used a pre- and post-intervention survey, teacher observation records, and student interviews to record information during the intervention. Post intervention data indicated an increase in student interest in writing using technology as well as an increase in confidence as a writer, desire to share written work, and desire to improve quality of writing. Students in the targeted group also improved their technology skills and their willingness to have their work edited by a peer. The researcher found the intervention to be a success for the targeted group of students. Appendixes contain student, parent, and teacher questionnaires; fifth-grade student pre- and post-intervention questionnaires; a checklist for observing student behaviors during writing activities; and student interview questions. (Contains 32 references, 3 tables, and 3 figures.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.