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Pros and Cons: Handwriting Versus Digital Writing
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9182-6403
2017 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, ISSN 1891-943X, E-ISSN 1891-943X, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 143-161Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study compares three different writing conditions – pen and paper, tablet, and tablet with access to speech synthesis – within a class of fourth graders in Sweden. The aim was to examine if these different conditions for writing had any impact on students’ creation of narrative text. The empirical data consists of students’ texts, composed under these three conditions, completed with data from participant observations. The theoretical model, the Wheel of Writing, in combination with a process analysis described in Systemic Functional Linguistics, served as a basis for analysis of the texts. Observations were analysed using content analysis. Findings presented in this article are partly in line with previous research. Speech synthesis seemed to play a crucial role in improving students’ writing. The texts were affected in terms of increased text length, spelling, structure, and content when using digital resources. These results were most obvious for students with Swedish as their sec- ond language. One core finding, which was true for most students, was that processes describing action verbs increased when students wrote digitally. Contradicting this, when students wrote by hand they used more processes, describing feelings and verbal processes.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 143-161
Keywords [en]
handwriting, digital resources, writing, narrative text
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32485DOI: 10.18261/ISSN.1891-943X-2017-04-04ISI: 000419071400004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85038370055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32485DiVA, id: diva2:1167420
Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved

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