ERIC Number: ED280084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
What Do We Mean by "Collaborative Writing" (And What Difference Might It Make)?
Reither, James A.
The term "collaborative writing" is a broad term, but should not be confused with coauthorship. Defining collaborative writing as merely coauthoring suggests that students continue producing texts for texts' (and evaluations') sake, whereas defining collaborative writing as community writing implies that students use language and texts to make meaning and community together. Assignments cannot be made "collaborative" or social merely by having students coauthor them. In a collaborative writing effort, individual members of the group gather relevant information and ideas, which are then contributed to the group project. Whatever a group member finds must be presented in such a way that it can become the property of the group. Each piece of information must be: (1) in writing, (2) photocopiable, and (3) comprehensible to and usable by the rest of the group. When involved in collaborative writing, students become engaged in a sequence of textual experiences governed by real purposes, projects, and audiences--situations that require and thus motivate learning writing to carry out individual and communal impulses to come to know, inform, and influence. (AEW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (38th, Atlanta, GA, March 19-21, 1987).