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ERIC Number: EJ1249125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1694-609X
Creating a Digital Writing Classroom: A Mixed Methods Study about a First-Year Composition Tablet Initiative
Hembrough, Tara; Jordan, Jerrica
International Journal of Instruction, v13 n2 p567-586 Apr 2020
Having a higher level of digital literacy can contribute to students' better outcomes in first-year composition. However, some underprepared and financially disenfranchised students may not have digital literacy skills nor own a portable computing device, such as a tablet, to engage their coursework. This three-year, mixed methods study of 292 first-year composition students and 46 instructors at a research university suggests that implementing an institutional initiative to offer students tablets and a digitized curriculum for first-year composition can facilitate many positive outcomes. At the study's university, a "Tablet Initiative" raised some students' digital-literacy proficiency levels, enabled their digital composition practices, and improved their course outcomes as they spent additional time both inside and outside of the classroom in reading course texts; researching their topic; planning, drafting, and revising their work; and conducting peer reviews of one another's essays. Surveys, interviews, and course observations indicate that for many students, the Tablet Initiative generated a writing-intensive, student-centered, classroom experience, with many students from underprepared or lower socioeconomic backgrounds depending on their tablets. The study's results have implications for teaching and learning with mobile digital devices in first-year composition.
International Journal of Instruction. Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Education, Eskisehir, 26480, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A