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ERIC Number: ED463674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
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Examining the Intangible Process: Lotus ScreenCam as an Aid to Investigating Student Writing.
Glendinning, Eric; Howard, Ron
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistcs, n11 p42-58 2001
This study examined the changes adult English as a Second Language learners made to a text when writing collaboratively, how learners initiated change, what reasons learners gave for changes they made when writing collaboratively, and the effectiveness of Lotus ScreenCam for researching collaborative computer based writing tasks. Analysis of data from ScreenCam recording of each groups' work and from simultaneous audiotape recordings indicated that in a well-designed collaborative writing activity, learners talked spontaneously about language. The talk and its written product were captured effectively. In the joint composition phase, which most closely resembled the tasks in other studies, learners produced 21 language related episodes (LREs) in 10 minutes, which was fewer than the results from other studies. However, in the sequencing phase, there were 46 LREs in 25 minutes. Learners were able to identify and correct 50 percent of errors without teacher intervention. The largest number of changes to the text involved discourse. Most changes were initiated directly with little comment and without challenge. In 53 percent of the cases, learners provided justification for changes they made to the text. Lotus ScreenCam was effective for this kind of research. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)