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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

John V. Schippers

First Committee Member

R. Ann Zinck

Second Committee Member

Bobby R. Hopkins


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of word processing on students' composition when used as a tool in the revision/editing stages of the writing process.

Procedure: Two experimental groups were established; Group A Computer, Group B No Computer. For each group, the generic method of teaching writing remained the same. Group A, however, was able to use the microcomputer in editing their work; Group B was not. Final essays were scored by independent raters and the data were analyzed by the use of the independent 1-test. A Pearson product -moment correlation coefficient was computed to assess interrater reliability.

Conclusion: This study suggests there is a significant positive difference in student writings when the microcomputer is used as a word processor in the revision/editing stages of writing.



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