Exploring Individual Differences in Student Writing with a Narrative Composition Support Environment

Abstract

Novice writers face significant challenges as they learn to master the broad range of skills that contribute to composition. Novice and expert writers differ considerably, and devising effective composition support tools for novice writers requires a clear understanding of the process and products of writing. This paper reports on a study conducted with more than one hundred middle grade students interacting with a narrative composition support environment. The texts are found to pose important challenges for state-of-the-art natural language processing techniques. Furthermore, the study investigates the language usage of middle grade students, the cohesion and coherence of the resulting texts, and the relationship between students’ language arts skills and their writing processes. The findings suggest that composition support environments require robust NLP tools that can account for the variations in students’ writing in order to effectively support each phase of the writing

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@inproceedings{Goth2010ExploringID, title={Exploring Individual Differences in Student Writing with a Narrative Composition Support Environment}, author={Julius Goth and Alok Baikadi and Eun Ha and Jonathan P. Rowe and Bradford W. Mott and James C. Lester}, year={2010} }