Computers in the writing processadvantage or disadvantage?

Jannie Botha


This paper tries to find an answer to the question of whether the microcomputer could be
put to meaningful .Jse in the teaching of writing techniques to students. Attention is drawn
to the fact that microcomputers are text orientated and as such, suitable for writing.
Various reasons for this phenomenon are put forward. Microcomputers as well as
programmes have become consumer friendly in recent times. This enhances the usefulness
of the micro for the teaching of writing. At present, different writing projects are
being carried out in the USA. Although scientifically founded results are as yet not readily
available, there are indications that students react favourably to this new method of
writing instruction. Various writing instructors have warned against the dangers of taking
the new approach by storm. In this paper their misgivings are discussed.
Hierdie artikel bespreek die vraag of mikrorekenaars sinvol gebruik kan word vir die
onderrig van skryftegnieke aan studente. Daar word gewys op die feit dat mikrorekenaars
teksgeorienteerd is en dus geskik is vir skryfwerk. Verskeie redes word hiervoor
aangegee. Mikrorekenaars sowel as programme het gebruikersvriendelik geword in die
jongste tyd. Dit verhoog die bruikbaarheid van die mikro vir skryfonderrig. Verskeie
skryfprojekte is tans in die VSA aan die gang. Alhoewel wetenskaplik gefundeerde
resultate nog nie geredelik beskikbaar is nie, dui gegewens daarop dat studente positief
reageer op hierdie nuwe metode van skryfonderrig. Daar is verskeie skryfinstrukteurs wat
waarsku teen die gevare van instorm in die nuwe benadering in. Hulle waarskuwings word
voorts aan die orde gestel.

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