Accession Number:

ADA106372

Title:

Stimulating Rhetorical Invention in English Composition through Computer-Assisted Instruction.

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

341.0

Abstract:

The impulse for this research was to combine the renewed interest in teaching invention--the process of exploring a subject to discover ideas or arguments--with the developing technology of instructional computing. the first of three major conclusions was that open-ended or exploratory, supplementary computer-assisted instruction CAI which encouraged growth in the number and the sophistication of ideas could be programmed. The second conclusion was that a systematic inquiry using one of three popular heuristic methods made the experimental groups more alike with respect to the quantity and quality of their ideas and significantly different from a control group. The third conclusion was that the computer-administered, posttest methodology represented a more stringent way for controlling and later replicating quasi-experimental research in rhetoric.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE