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ERIC Number: ED432779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 13
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Analysing Interactions during Collaborative Writing with the Computer: An Innovative Methodology.
Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Wray, David
The commonest context for the use of word processors with primary school children is collaborative small group work. The two major reasons for this organizational decision are resource-based (i.e. due to the scarcity of computers in the classroom) and educational, stemming from an increased use of cooperative learning methods. In order to improve the quality of children's collaborative work at the word processor, it is important that some attention is paid to the nature of their interactions during the writing process. Such interactions can reveal important information about writing and learning processes and about the impact of the computer. In this paper we shall present and illustrate a newly developed analytic method, based on functional analysis, which can be used to investigate the nature of children's verbal interactions during the collaborative writing process at the computer. The theoretical framework of the method will be briefly described and located in socio-culturally based ideas of learning. Possible applications of the analysis method will then be discussed and a possible agenda for research outlined. Contains 42 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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