The uptake of peer-based intervention in the writing classroom
2005 (English)In: Effective learning and teaching of writing / [ed] Gert Rijlaarsdam, Huub van den Bergh, Michel Couzijn, Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers , 2005, 259-274 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
This chapter presents and discusses a method, peer-based intervention (PBI), in which conscious reflection of key-stroke logged writing sessions is used to improve written composition. Multiple writing opportunities are used together with discussion and observation of the writer’s own and a peer’s text. The method entails the theoretical assumption that the release of cognitive resources in working memory helps writers to focus the attention towards deeper structures of the text under construction as well as towards the writing process per se and thus assist in raising writers’ metacognitive awareness of writing. The chapter reports on a study of Swedish 13-year-olds composing descriptive and argumentative texts in their first language (L1), with and without PBI. The texts were graded and all revisions undertaken during the writing process were analysed according to their impact on the text product. Further, text quality and frequency of revisions were tested statistically in order to delimit the impact of the PBI treatment. The results indicate that the method was generally successful for low L1 ability writers, while high L1 ability writers benefited from the treatment in the argumentative assignments. The treatment further raised writers’ awareness of contents features involved in writing by increased frequency of text-based revisions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers , 2005. 259-274 p.
, Studies in writing, ISSN 1572-6304 ; 14
L1 Swedish, keystroke logging, revision, PBI, noticing, metacognitive awareness, working memory, social interaction, input at the right level, ‘zone of proximal developmen'
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11624DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-2739-0_18ISBN: 1-4020-2724-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-11624DiVA: diva2:151295