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ERIC Number: EJ972859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1079-0195
An Examination of At-Risk College Freshmen's Expository Literacy Skills Using Interactive Online Writing Activities
Mongillo, Geraldine; Wilder, Hilary
Journal of College Reading and Learning, v42 n2 p27-50 Spr 2012
This qualitative study focused on at-risk college freshmen's ability to read and write expository text using game-like, online expository writing activities. These activities required participants to write descriptions of a target object so that peers could guess what the object was, after which they were given the results of those guesses as feedback on their writing. Findings suggested that these online writing activities can improve at-risk students' expository literacy skills. Specifically, findings emphasized the importance of the writers' description of salient features and word choice when writing for an online (distant) reader, and the importance of knowing the audience they are addressing. The participants' feedback concerning how and why they made a particular choice may provide a lens to view how at-risk readers utilize and apply reading strategies. Further research is recommended to determine if the reading behaviors of at-risk students can be better understood by examining the rationale described in the feedback. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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