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ERIC Number: EJ1159614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Exploring the Impact of Online Peer-Editing Using Google Docs on EFL Learners' Academic Writing Skills: A Mixed Methods Study
Ebadi, Saman; Rahimi, Masoud
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v30 n8 p787-815 2017
This article reports the results of a sequential explanatory mixed-methods approach to explore the impact of online peer-editing using Google Docs and peer-editing in a face-to-face classroom on EFL learners' academic writing skills. As the study adopted a quasi-experimental design, two intact classes, each with ten EFL learners, attending an IELTS course at a language institute in Sanandaj, Iran, were selected as the participants. IELTS academic writing task 1 and task 2 were used to assess the learners' academic writing skills, and a semi-structured interview was conducted to explore the learners' perceptions towards the impact of online peer-editing on academic writing skills. A paired-samples t-test, an independent-samples t-test, and a one-way MANCOVA were used to analyse the quantitative data. The results indicated that peer-editing both through using Google Docs and in the face-to-face classroom significantly developed the learners' academic writing skills, and that the former outperformed the latter both in the short and long term. Moreover, after controlling for the pre-tests, the two groups performed differently on the four areas of academic writing on both the post- and delayed post-tests. Thematic analysis, used to analyse the qualitative data, highlighted the learners' positive perceptions towards the impact of online peer-editing on academic writing skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System
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