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ERIC Number: ED354991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Pages: 74
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Friends and Nonfriends: Collaboration on a Written Text.
Zajac, Robert J.
In a study of children's production of narratives written in collaboration with a friend, with an acquaintance (nonfriend), or in an individual performance, a total of 64 fourth graders were asked to write stories over a 2-week period. The study was designed to address two questions: (1) How does the friendship relationship affect stories written by collaborating peers? and (2) Will stories written by collaborating friends be more or less mature than those written by collaborating nonfriends and individual authors? Subjects included 34 males and 26 females attending a magnet school in math- and science-oriented classes. A sociometric assessment was given to the children in each of the three participating classrooms. The students, each of whom wrote four stories, were divided into three groups: (1) those who wrote the four stories alone; (2) those who wrote the first story alone, then wrote twice with a friend, and then once more alone; and (3) those who wrote the first story alone, then wrote twice with a nonfriend, and then wrote alone again. Results indicated that social conditions affected certain characteristics of composition. Collaborating peers authored more qualitative stories, while collaborating friends added more affect and creativity to their texts. It is noted that the information in this paper is part of an ongoing study and should be considered preliminary. A reference list includes about 35 items. Appended are story prompts, the schema for coding stories, and information on the reliability of the coding. (HOD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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