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Practicing composition in the age of distraction

  • Author(s): Wyatt, Taylor Patten
  • et al.

Contemporary students face a challenging predicament as they attempt to study amidst constant technological distractions. Writing a coherent essay is more difficult than ever when the very tool that young people use to compose, the computer, is also a source of considerable distractions in the form of instantaneous entertainment and immediate social connection. Habitual in-class writing based on the model of deliberate practice provides students with an opportunity to write in a focused environment. Students that become engaged in this practice learn the value of self-regulation and experience the way in which a regular writing routine can improve their ability to communicate through writing

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