"Ideas first" in collaborative second language (L2) writing: An exploratory study
Wen, Y., Chen, W., & Looi, C. K. (2010, June). "Ideas first" in collaborative second language (L2) writing: An exploratory study. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2010, Chicago, IL, USA.
Drawing from sociocultural perspectives, this paper argues for the necessity of distinguishing the activity of "brainstorming ideas" from the activity of "generating words/phrases" in collaborative L2 process writing. We designed a series of Chinese writing lessons based on the online collaborative learning software GroupScribbles (GS) to explore students’ participation and performance with "ideas first" versus "words/phrases 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/phrases first" approach. Our research findings suggest that "ideas first" supported by the affordances of the GS tools a viable approach for collaborative L2 writing.
This paper was presented at the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2010, held in Chicago, IL, USA from 29 Jun to 2 Jul 2010