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Technology and struggling writers: A review of research

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Background. Technology applications have the potential to support struggling writers by easing the physical processes involved in writing, helping to manage planning and revising processes, and supporting social interaction and communication.Aims. This paper aims to illustrate the potential of technology to support struggling writers across a wide range of ages and writing ability.Arguments. This article reviews research on word processing; assistive technology tools that aid with transcription, such as, spelling checkers, word prediction, and speech recognition; tools that support planning, such as, outlining, prompting, and concept mapping software; and automated essay evaluation.Conclusions. Closing comments focus on the need for better research on tools to support traditional writing outcomes and for research on the benefits and challenges of new information and communication technologies.

Language: English

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/000709909X422954

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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