ERIC Number: ED257086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Research on Co- and Group Authorship in the Professions: A Preliminary Report.
Ede, Lisa; Lunsford, Andrea
In order to study the theory and practice of collaborative writing, a three-stage research project was initiated. The first stage of research involved a questionnaire sent to 200 randomly selected members of six major professional associations. On a separate sheet accompanying the first questionnaire, respondents were asked to indicate whether they would consider participating in the second stage of the research, a more open-ended and detailed questionnaire designed to more fully identify a spectrum of collaborative writing forms and strategies. This second survey was sent to 12 selected members of each of the six professional associations. The last stage of research involved on-site case studies with between four and six respondents who regularly write as part of a team or group. This part of the research has not been completed. Results of the research thus far have revealed three problematic areas: (1) the concept of writing, especially authorship; (2) the lack of a vocabulary to describe what people do when they write; and (3) affective responses to group writing. These results confirm the hypotheses that collaborative writing is a well-established phenomenon among major professions, and that writing, rather than being a solitary act, is one that is essentially and naturally collaborative. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).