Computer Writing Environments: Theory, Research, and Design

Computer Writing Environments: Theory, Research, and Design

Computer Writing Environments: Theory, Research, and Design

Computer Writing Environments: Theory, Research, and Design

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The purpose of this book is to describe the progress being made toward the creation of ideal computer writing environments for college students and professional writers. Ideal computer writing senvironments are those that support all of the cognitive processes fundamental to good writing.

Because computer writing environments are changing so fast, this book provides "snapshots" rather than a complete record of past and current environments. These snapshots are good ones, however, providing sharp insights into the computer writing environments of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We believe these insights will be useful to a wide range of readers: researchers, teachers, students, and designers.

This book shows that research in computer writing environments is highly interdisciplinary. For example, our introductory chapter represents a collaborative effort by members of the departments of Psychology, Educational Psychology, and English at the University of Georgia. We hope this book will stimulate more interdisciplinary work on computer writing environments.

We thank our chapter reviewers, particularly Nancy Barrineau, James Hartley, Denise Muth, and William L. Smith. We also thank Alphonse Buccino, Patrick Kyllonen, Roy Martin, Paula Schwanenflugel, Abraham Tesser, and our other colleagues for their interest and support. Finally, we thank Carol Lachman and Jane Zalenski of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates for their excellent advice.

Shawn M. Glynn Bruce K. Britton . . .

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