The current nature of hypertext research in computers and composition studies: An historical perspective
Computers and Composition Volume 13, Number 1, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Although the professional literature makes numerous claims concerning hypertext's influences on the acts of reading and writing, few of these claims are supported by carefully designed empirical research studies. This article investigates the historical nature of hypertext research in the field, presenting an argument for conducting empirical research in the area of hypertext and student learning. A representative/illustrative history examines selected literature published between the years of 1987 and 1994. Summary and analysis show that, for the most part, this literature does not move beyond asserting “opportunity” and “potential” when describing the use of hypertext in the writing classroom. The author proposes a theoretical and pedagogical agenda for researching hypertextual instruction in the composition classroom.
Dewitt, S.L. (1996). The current nature of hypertext research in computers and composition studies: An historical perspective. Computers and Composition, 13(1), 69-84. Elsevier Ltd.