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ERIC Number: EJ1097171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Supporting the Development of Students' Academic Writing through Collaborative Process Writing
Mutwarasibo, Faustin
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v11 May 2013
The study examines how undergraduate university students in Rwanda experience collaborative process writing as an instruction method capable of helping them improve their academic writing abilities in English. It involved 34 second-year students, divided into 12 small working groups. The data were collected by means of group interviews carried out in English after all groups finished writing an argumentative essay using the collaborative process writing method. In their responses, students maintained that they still experienced some writing difficulties in English in connection with planning, organization, cohesion and coherence and grammar. However, by combining collaborative process writing with the reflective exercises and classroom reporting strategies introduced by their instructor, students were enabled to spot persistent writing difficulties and plan a course of action to tackle them. Given the tangible learner-focused benefits that are likely to accrue from the implementation of the method, the study suggests that more practice be initiated by the instructors so that students become aware of those benefits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rwanda
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