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M.A. in Elementary Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Molinari, Louis


English language--Composition and exercises--Study and teaching; First grade (Education)


Elementary Education and Teaching


This study was based on the following question: Could it be that first grade students who receive primary writing instruction using The Children's Writing and Publishing Center computer software program compose longer and more detailed texts than those first grade students who receive traditional primary writing instruction using pencil and paper?

One group of students received primary writing instruction using a desktop publishing software program, while the other group received primary writing instruction using pencil and paper. After receiving an equal amount of instructional and individual writing time, both groups were given the same writing assignment. The students' compositions were evaluated and compared. Based on the evaluation of the students' compositions, the hypothesis of the study which stated that there would be no significant difference in the length and detail of compositions between the two groups was accepted.

Conclusions were drawn for the use and distribution of computers in the first grade classroom. Recommendations were given for further studies.