The role of collaborative work in the development of elementary students’ writing skills.

Title:
The role of collaborative work in the development of elementary students’ writing skills.
Author(s): 
Yate González, Yuly Yinneth; Saenz, Luis Fernando; Castañeda Chaves, Andrés Fernando; Bermeo, Johanna Alejandra
Journal: 
Teacher's Professional Development
Publication Year: 
2013
Submission Date:
August 2, 2017
Abstract: 
In this article we report the findings of a two-phase action research study focused on the role of collaborative work in the development of elementary students’ writing skills at a Colombian school. This was decided after having identified the students’ difficulties in the English classes related to word transfer, literal translation, weak connection of ideas and no paragraph structure when communicating their ideas. In the first phase teachers observed, collected, read and analyzed students’ written productions without intervention. In the second one, teachers read about and implemented strategies based on collaborative work, collected information, analyzed students’ productions and field notes in order to finally identify new issues, create and develop strategies to overcome students’ difficulties. Findings show students’ roles and reactions as well as task completion and language construction when motivated to work collaboratively. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)
Topic: 
Instruction/Pedagogy
Methodology: 
Qualitative
Sub-Methodology (qualitative): 
Qualitative Intervention
Location of Study: 
Colombia
Document Language: 
English
Type of Document: 
Journal Article

Citation:

  • Yate González, Y. Y., Saenz, L. F., Bermeo, J., & Castaneda Chaves, A. F. (2013). The role of collaborative work in the development of elementary students’ writing skills.. Teacher's Professional Development, 15(1), 42333. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.org.co/pdf/prf/v15n1/v15n1a02.pdf