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Le 2010-10-29 11:14, RGB ES a écrit :

If you only teach your students to use direct formatting, they will
only use direct formatting afterwards: If you want to teach them how
to properly use Writer, you need to teach them the correct use of
styles since the beginning. I know, it is not easy, but it is more
difficult to correct bad habits afterwards...
BTW, tabs inside paragraph styles makes a lot more sense than tabs as
formatting characters: when you know your paragraph style have, say,
two tab stops at this and that position, it is not a surprise if the
cursor jump "there" when you hit the tab key... after all, *you* set
that position. But tab stops as direct formatting are IMO more
difficult to explain because the same key will behave differently
depending on where the cursor is: maybe the confusion comes from
After all, *tab stops as direct formatting must be avoided on properly
formatted documents* so why to spend time showing that problematic
use? Because of "didactics"?
I admit I'd never teach sorftware to a classroom (even if I maintain
several guides and a book about Writer on Spanish), but I have more
than 15 year of experience teaching physics and mathematics to all
levels, from kids to university students, and my experience is that
explaining difficult concepts "the easy way" with flashing "didactic
resources" is always a bad practice: going "to the point" is more
difficult, to the teacher non less than to the students, but it always
gives better results on the long run.

I agree with teaching the students all about styling, however, in a typical Canadian classroom, at the primary level, there are 8 periods or instructional time per day and each instructional period last 40 minutes. With the academic load (programmes) that we teach, as well as taking into account class size (approximately 25-30 students per class), with in-class integration of special needs students as well as a ration of 11:1 students/computer this may prove a little daunting. It would perhaps, in this case, be more realistic to teach students concepts in direct formatting in the early academic years and when the students understanding and patience permits it at a later stage of their academic years, styling could be broached.

It is more important to get the students to produce work than to spend time on styling when the students will not have enough understanding or patience to sit still for it.

Let's not forget that the function could be turned off/on by the user whenever wished.


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