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Title: "Ideas First" in Collaborative Second Language (L2) Writing: An Exploratory Study
Authors: Wen, Yun
Chen, Wenli
Looi, Chee-Kit
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Wen, Y., Chen, W., & Looi, C. (2010). "Ideas First" in Collaborative Second Language (L2) Writing: An Exploratory Study. In Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.), Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 436-443). Chicago IL: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Drawing from sociocultural perspectives, this paper argues for the necessity of distinguishing the activity of "brainstorming idea"s from the activity of "generating words/phrases"ni collaborative L2 process writing. We designed a seires of Chinese writing lessons based on the online collaborative learning software GroupScribbles (GS) to explore students' participation and performance with "ideas first" versus "words/phrasse first" activity designs. Quantitative data collected from an analytical tool reveal that students engaged more actively in the "ideas first" collaborative L2 writing than in the "words/phrasesfirst" approach. Our research findings suggest that "ideas first" supported by the affordances of the GS tools a viable approach for collaborative L2 writing.
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