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Investigating the Use and Impact of Spell Checker among QUEST under Graduates by Using Computer Based Software Word Processor


Quratualin Mudassir, Dr. Shabana Gul, Dr Insaf Ali Simming, Ghulam Asgher Siming


Vol. 20  No. 12  pp. 66-71


In present era computer is required for students at university level. The most used software in computer by students is word processors. Main concern of this study is “Spell checker” in word processors. This is one of main proofing tool in word processors. Mostly students use word processor for spell checker and proofing tool to make their document error and misspelling free. Spelling mistakes affect perception of readers regarding writer’s quality of writing and along additional perfunctory errors the expression of writer’s original idea can be affected too. The objective of this study is to find out the use of spell checker on writings (spelling) of students of Quaid-e-Awam University of Science and Technology. A quasi-experimental study was conducted on 52 students from The Quaid-e-Awam University of Science and Technology, Nawabshah Pakistan. The population of this study was divided into two groups namely control and experimental each group consist of 26 respondents. Control group was given pre and post handwritten dictation. While the experimental group was given three dictations: two hands written, and one typed on word processor with spellchecker. The typed test with spell checker is the treatment given to the experimental group. The collected data was analyzed on SPSS software which shows minimal differences between both groups. The findings reveled that spell checkers only helps students at surface level rather than helping students by generating productive results at cognitive level.


QUEST, Spell-Checker, Software Word Processor.