He's gone and wrote over it': The use of wikis for collaborative report writing in a primary school classroom
|He's gone and wrote over it': The use of wikis for collaborative report writing in a primary school classroom|
|Author(s)||Doult W., Walker S.A.|
|Published in||Education 3-13|
|Keyword(s)||collaboration, literacy, wikis, writing|
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He's gone and wrote over it': The use of wikis for collaborative report writing in a primary school classroom is a 2013 magazine article written in English by Doult W., Walker S.A. and published in Education 3-13.
Wikis (websites that can be edited quickly by multiple authors) were used with upper-primary school children to write group reports on a science topic. Two teachers observed the children working, and their observations were used alongside the texts from the wikis and group interviews with children to explore the question of whether using wikis would lead to a change in writing practices and attitudes. This study found that although children often felt proprietorial about their texts, there was some evidence of negotiation and of joint content building. There was also evidence of peer-supported learning of information and communications technology (ICT) skills. Furthermore, the quality and quantity of writing were greater when using wikis than in conventional writing contexts, and the groups which engaged in more discussion produced more text.
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