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Answers That Raise Questions: Report on a Survey of Computer Use in Composition Instruction


Ninety-one college writing teachers completed a questionnaire about the extent of their computer use, computers and the writing process, advantages and disadvantages of computer use, problems encountered and suggested solutions, and future directions. Among the findings are the following: (1) The majority of those involved in computer assisted instruction (CAI) did not have computers available in their classrooms; they either scheduled special classes in the computer lab or just required students to use computers outside of class. (2) Presence or absence of support facilities was rarely mentioned as a serious drawback. (3) Few teachers made use of computers at the planning stage in the writing process, while most of those who required computer use at all required it for the production of the final draft. (4) Few teachers found the computer useful for teaching grammar. (5) Teachers are looking for more good software. (6) Advantages of CAI noted by the teachers were intangibles–atmosphere, motivation, paradigm shifts, and so on, while disadvantages centered around time and money. and (7) Problems with CAI are usually caused by apprehension on the part of teachers rather than students. (HOD)


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