ERIC Number: ED452556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-15
Reconfiguring the Role of the Research Paper: Collaborative Writing To Teach Basic Academic Research and Writing Strategies.
Fleming, Michelle M.
Each year that the author of this paper, an English instructor at Moorhead College (Minnesota), teaches the first-year "research paper," one instructor turns more and more to collaborative writing work. And she admits that some of her motives in reshaping the research paper in collaborative ways can seem to be based in assisting herself as a teacher as often as they are based on her desire to help students come into their own. Her first impulse to move toward collaborative research papers came, in fact, out of a great deal of frustration at teaching the kind of "anything goes" research paper course most writing instructors are familiar with--the kind in which students choose their own topics--any topics. This paper takes readers through exactly what the instructor is trying to gain as she makes her research paper courses more collaborative. The paper then moves on to the various types of collaboration her students have used and the reasons that underlie different choices that have been made about different types of collaborative writing. Along the way, it addresses briefly some of the problems that inhere in collaborative work itself, so that these issues can begin to be considered. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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