The Effects of an Electronic Classroom on the Attitudes of Basic Writers
An interim study measured changes in attitudes towards writing and the writing process among basic writing students taught in an electronic classroom (consisting of 25 networked computers). Students in six sections of basic writing which used the electronic classroom for at least 50% of their classroom time, and six control sections which did not use computers were surveyed. In the future, an additional four sections of computer and non-computer classes will be surveyed. Interim results indicated that: (1) there was no great change during the course of the semester in the writing process the students claimed to use in the non-computer classes; (2) most students had either negative or neutral feelings before writing and felt satisfied after writing both at the beginning and the end of the semester; (3) students in the experimental groups expressed positive attitudes towards writing papers on a computer; (4) most computer class students said drafting was easier on the computer; and (5) a majority of computer class students felt that their writing had been positively influenced by using computers. Findings suggest that these basic writers made a distinction between the process of writing and writing on computers: while they felt positive about writing on computers, their attitudes toward the writing process did not improve appreciably. (RS)
Batschelet, M. & Woodson, L. The Effects of an Electronic Classroom on the Attitudes of Basic Writers.