Computers and the Teaching of Writing in American Higher Education, 1979-1994: A History

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Education - 363 pages
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This book is a history composed of histories. Its particular focus is the way in which computers entered and changed the field of composition studies, a field that defines itself both as a research community and as a community of teachers. This may have a somewhat sinister suggestion that technology alone has agency, but this history (made of histories) is not principally about computers. It is about people-the teachers and scholars who have adapted the computer to their personal and professional purposes. From the authors' perspectives, change in technology drives changes in the ways we live and work, and we, agents to a degree in control of our own lives, use technology to achieve our human purposes. REVIEW: . . . This book reminds those of us now using computers to teach writing where we have been, and it brings those who are just entering the field up to date. More important, it will inform administrators, curriculum specialists, and others responsible for implementing the future uses of technology in writing instruction. - Computers and Composition

 

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Contents

Writing
1
19791982 The Professions Early Experience with Modern Technology
17
19831985 Growth and Enthusiasm
65
19861988 Emerging Research Theory and Professionalism
123
19891991 Coming of AgeThe Rise of CrossDisciplinary Perspectives and a Consideration of Difference
171
19921994 Looking Forward
215
Afterword
279
Our Colleagues Interact on a MOO
287
References
305
Author Index
345
Subject Index
353
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