The University of Sussex

Computer Support for the Development of Writing Abilities

Mike Sharples, Malcolm Evans

This paper discusses children's development of writing abilities and suggests ways in which children can be helped to develop their writing abilities by exploring the patterns, constraints and possibilities of language and by dev eloping an awareness of the processes of written composition. The paper describes Boxes, a program to explore patterns in language and reports a small study of the program in use with children aged 9 to 10.

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