NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1157889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
Analyzing Pauses in Computer-Assisted EFL Writing--A Computer-Keystroke-Log Perspective
Xu, Cuiqin; Qi, Yan
Educational Technology & Society, v20 n4 p24-34 2017
Using computer keystroke logs, this study investigated how writing skill affected L2 writers' pausing patterns to gain insights into their management of the cognitive writing processes. The 59 participants, 29 in the more-skilled group and 30 in the less-skilled group, were recruited from a college English course at a key Chinese university. The two groups completed an argumentative essay in a computer classroom where Inputlog6.0 was installed to log their writing activities. Setting the pause threshold at 2 seconds, the study examined both the global pausing patterns and the interval pausing patterns by dividing each writing event into five equal intervals, and how the final text quality related to the pausing patterns. The results showed a significant effect of writing skill on the interval pausing patterns, but not on the global pausing patterns. Correlating significantly with the final text quality, the interval pausing patterns also revealed important differences in L2 writers' management of writing processes in terms of how one writing process dominates at specific intervals with interaction and shifts between other processes in a recursive fashion. Pedagogical implications are then discussed in light of these findings.
International Forum of Educational Technology & Society. Available from: National Sun Yat-sen University. Department of Information Management, 70, Lien-Hai Rd, Kaohsiung, 80424, Taiwan. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A