Master of Arts (MA)
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This study was undertaken to determine if computers affect writing apprehension. Both experimental and clinical methodologies were employed in the form of surveys and interviews, respectively. The results indicate that computers have no measurable effect on students' writing apprehension; Instructors' backgrounds are examined, followed by their perceptions of writing apprehension and computers. The students' experiences with computers and composition and their perceptions of writing apprehension and computers are also examined. Significant variations in experience and backgrounds brought to the classroom by both instructors and students indicate that writing apprehension is as individual as are students who experience it. These same results also indicate that instructors who must deal with writing apprehension cannot be expected to do so if they are unaware of its existence; This study concludes with a call for further research, particularly research which addresses the significance of the instructor to writing apprehensive students, computers or no.
Apprehension; Classroom; Computer; Writing
Language arts; Educational technology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Alarid, Jennifer Ann, "Writing apprehension and the computer classroom" (1994). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 372.