Monday, October 19, 2009

Topic: Computers and Writing

Topic: Computers and Writing

10-second review: “Papers written on computers were rated significantly higher by trained raters on all four dimensions of a holistic/analytic writing assessment scale.” p. 249.

Title: “The Effects of Word Processing on Students’ Writing Quality and Revision Strategies.” Research in the Teaching of English (RTE) (October 1992), 249-276.

Summary: Compared two expository papers, one written entirely on computer and one handwritten.

Quote: “There is some evidence that the work of rewriting by hand may be a serious impediment to revision.” p. 249.

Comment: Evidence that use of word processing produces better papers. Suggests that revising is easier with word processing than with handwritten papers. Maybe that depends on the writing practices of the writer. I tend to begin with hand writing, especially when I don’t know what I am going to say. For revising and editing, I type in the draft on the computer. Maybe some writers are more comfortable writing, revising and editing by hand rather than with the computer. RayS.

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