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ERIC Number: EJ729595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
I Can Do It Better on the Computer: The Effects of Technology-Enabled Scaffolding on Young Writers' Composition
Englert, Carol Sue; Manalo, Maragaret; Zhao, Yong
Journal of Special Education Technology, v19 n1 p5-22 Win 2004
The purpose of this study was to examine how a Web-based software program impacted lower elementary students' composition of personal narratives when using a supported paragraph activity. The subjects in this experiment were first and second grade students in a multi-age classroom in a low socio-economic urban community. The participants were asked to write a story in a Web-based environment on a supported paragraph activity. They were later asked to type a story in the Web-based environment on a free-writing activity. Finally, students were asked to compose a story through the traditional paper and pencil means. Students' personal narratives were scored using rubrics that examined both narrative genre characteristics and writing conventions. Overall findings indicate that students wrote more, incorporated more genre specific characteristics, and demonstrated conventional writing skills on the supported writing assignment. (Contains 10 figures and 2 tables.)
Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, University of Oklahoma, College of Education, 820 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73072. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A