ERIC Number: EJ723796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Composition Instruction: Using Technology to Motivate Students to Write
Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, v2004 n1 p157-177 2004
The study investigated the motivational effects of computer technology on writing instruction and performance of 5th-grade students. The participants (students and instructors) were engaged in preparatory sessions to take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test. Questionnaires on instructor observations and attitudes toward computer usage were administered. Instructor's responses indicate an increase in motivation and writing length for student's who integrated computers into the writing process. Instructors also share the difficulties faced by students with computer literacy issues and also the positive results shown by almost all of the participants. The study notes that students were motivated by computer technology along with other factors like teacher participation, extra-curricular instruction and personalized assistance.
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Writing Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Student Motivation, Computer Literacy, Computer Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Extracurricular Activities, Individualized Instruction, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan