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The Computer Medium in Writing for Discovery

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Computers and Composition Volume 11, Number 2, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Asks undergraduate students to respond to a series of questions by hand and using a word processor. Finds that some students felt profoundly disadvantaged writing by hand, and students who felt uncomfortable on the computer wrote longer and better developed responses in that medium. Suggests that a computer-assisted tutorial may act like L. Vygotsky's zone of proximal development. (RS)


Schwartz, H.J., Fitzpatrick, C.Y. & Huot, B.A. (1994). The Computer Medium in Writing for Discovery. Computers and Composition, 11(2), 137. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved March 23, 2023 from .

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