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ERIC Number: EJ890597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
Hidden Disruptions: Technology and Technological Literacy as Influences on Professional Writing Student Teams
McGrady, Lisa
Writing Instructor, May 2010
This article reports on a study designed to explore whether and in what ways individual students' technological literacies might impact collaborative teams. For the collaborative team discussed in this article, technological literacy--specifically, limited repertoires for solving technical problems, clashes between document management strategies, and lack of critical literacy--did influence, sometimes disrupt, the team's writing processes and products. Because the students had been developing their technological literacy long before the course began, because differences in and influences of technological literacy are often subtle, and because most group work takes place without the instructor's direct supervision, the influences of technological literacy on this team's collaboration were generally hidden from their instructor. Implications of these findings for pedagogy and for future research are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A