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ERIC Number: ED423686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Differences in the Nature of Discussion between Peer Response Sessions Conducted on Networked Computers and Those Conducted in the Traditional Face-to-Face Situation.
Huang, Su-Yueh
This study investigated the nature of students' discussion in peer response sessions in an English-as-a-Second-Language composition class in Taiwan. Subjects were 17 university students, divided into four writing groups. Half of the 16 peer response sessions were computer-mediated (CM), the other half in face-to-face interaction (FF). Analysis of transcripts of the sessions indicate significant differences in the ways various types of speech were distributed in the two contexts. In the CM context, since discussions were conducted slowly, students tended to rush through their discussions by quickly typing out the problems they perceived in peers' writing and the revisions suggested, without much explanation of their reasons or reacting to what other group members said by showing agreement or disagreement. In FF sessions, students tended to accompany their comments with explanations of their plans for writing more, and the students were also more likely to support or refute each others' arguments. The CM context did have one advantage: it produced a larger proportion of praise than the FF context. In general, however, the FF context appeared to produce superior discussions, suggesting that use of technology does not always guarantee success in the language classroom. (Contains 11 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan