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Group dynamics in ESL collaborative academic writing


Yong, Mei Fung (2014) Group dynamics in ESL collaborative academic writing. Journal of Language and Communication, 1 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2289-649X


Collaborative writing involves group members engaging directly with one another to complete a task. The quality of learning from members is closely associated with the nature of the collaboration and the interactions that take place. This paper examines the dynamics of three groups of tertiary ESL learners as they collaborated on three expository essays. Data were collected from nine audio-recordings of group discussions and four semi-structured interviews. The three cases unveiled very different dynamics due to group connection, individual traits, level of engagement, and degree of control. Social, affective and cognitive processes affected the direction and the quality of collaboration. With an understanding of the group dynamics that ensues during collaboration, practitioners will be better prepared when incorporating collaboration in their writing class.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Collaborative writing; ESL learners; Expository essays; Group dynamics; Tertiary education
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 03:46
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/37799
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