Computer-Aided Acquisition of Writing Skills

R. Verhoef, W. Tomic

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    This article presents the results of a review of the literature questioning whether and to what extent computers can be used as a means of instruction for the guided acquisition of communicative writing skills in higher education. To answer this question, the present paper first explores the characteristics of acquiring these skills from a cognitive-psychological perspective, as well as the characteristics and behaviour of expert writers. On this basis, the paper then describes whether and how computer-aided instruction can relieve teachers of certain duties associated with writing instruction, allowing them more time to perform tasks which fully utilise their unique capabilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-21
    Number of pages19
    JournalCurriculum and Teaching
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996


    • cognitive psychology; computer-aided instruction; expert writers; higher education; writing skills


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