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RE: SpellChecker and GrammarChecker


From: Lawrence A. Parker (occti_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 17 2003 - 09:54:43 PST

And just got this a few minutes ago from NewsScan:

A study at the University of Pittsburgh reveals that the ubiquitous
spellchecker software may be doing as much harm as good, when it comes
to writing. In the study, 33 undergraduate students were asked to
proofread a one-page business letter -- half of them using Microsoft
Word, with its spell- and grammar-checking features and the other half
using only their brains. Without the software, students with higher SAT
verbal scores made, on average, five errors, compared with 12.3 errors
made by students with lower scores. However, using the software, the two
groups made about the same number of errors -- 16 vs. 17. Dennis
Galletta, a professor of information systems at the Katz Business
School, says people have come to rely on spellchecking software too
completely. "It's not a software problem, it's a behavior problem." (AP
14 Mar 2003)

Lawrence A. Parker
Philosopher and Educational Consultant