Social Aspects of Computer Use in Two Primary School Classrooms.

Year: 1985

Author: Hall, J.R., Hedberg, J.G.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Despite the burgeoning literature on computer use in schools little of what has been written emanates from research; even rarer is documentation of the social aspects of use with regard to their pedagogical implications. This paper reports on a study which was designed to capture what it meant for primary school children when word processors were introduced into their creative writing program. It reveals some interesting patterns in the social inter- actions between users and their adult instructors and in the user- software interface. In addition to the findings themselves the paper accounts for the methods by which they were constructed, including the collaboration between the researchers and the classroom practitioners.

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