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Promises, promises: Computer-assisted revision and basic writers

Computers and Composition Volume 13, Number 3, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


In general, promises that computer technology would assist students, particularly basic writers, in the process of composition have yet to be fully realized. At the very least, computer use adds an additional level of complexity to an already complex process, leading students to focus on the technology itself and not on their writing. More significantly, the online writing environment is marked by certain paradoxical tendencies that can lead basic writers to focus on the instrumental nature of language and technology, causing them to literalize rhetorical relationships, to construe writing as performance, and to see revision as error correction. A review of the results of a one-credit computer lab course instituted to explore computer use as an aid in the process of composition reveals the significant difficulties basic writers lacking in computer skills face in a technocentric environment.


Crafton, R.E. (1996). Promises, promises: Computer-assisted revision and basic writers. Computers and Composition, 13(3), 317-326. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved September 20, 2020 from .

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