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Composition Instruction: Using Technology to Motivate Students to Write Article

, Washtenaw Community College, United States

ITCE Volume 2004, Number 1, ISSN 1522-8185 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The study investigated the motivational effects of computer technology on writing instruction and performance of 5th-grade students. The participants (students and instructors) were engaged in preparatory sessions to take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test. Questionnaires on instructor observations and attitudes toward computer usage were administered. Instructor's responses indicate an increase in motivation and writing length for student's who integrated computers into the writing process. Instructors also share the difficulties faced by students with computer literacy issues and also the positive results shown by almost all of the participants. The study notes that students were motivated by computer technology along with other factors like teacher participation, extra-curricular instruction and personalized assistance.


Daniels, A. (2004). Composition Instruction: Using Technology to Motivate Students to Write. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2004(1), 157-177. AACE.


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