ERIC Number: ED343161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Stories: Teachers' Use of Collaborative Learning.
Lemon, Hallie S.
A 1991 survey questioned 61 teachers on the ways they were using collaborative learning to teach composition. Comparisons with a 1988 survey showed that the biggest increase was in the use of collaborative drafting strategies. Increases also occurred in focusing, prewriting, and editing, and there were slight decreases in revision and proofreading. The narratives of three teachers regarding their use of collaborative learning provides comparisons with the survey's statistics. Five suggestions for improving pedagogy include: (1) increase time spent on collaborative activities at the beginning stages of the writing process; (2) teach students the social skills necessary in groups; (3) form faculty support groups to synthesize current knowledge and exchange successful strategies; (4) directly address student resistance to group work; and (5) do not sacrifice groups' processing activities to cover more content. (Three tables of data are included; 21 references, 4 tables of data, and a list of the concerns and advantages of collaborative learning are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).