Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(4), pp. 721 - 732
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060415
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Student Perceptions on Collaborative Writing in a Project-based Course


Tanju Deveci *
Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, The Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates

ABSTRACT

The traditional view that writing is an individual activity often translates into the teaching of it as an individual task. Rarely do students engage in extensive dialogue with their peers when writing. However, much writing in the workplace takes place in collaboration with others. Although, on the surface, many authors may not seem to write with others collaboratively, the truth is that they engage in intensive intrapersonal community affected by interpersonal communication. They also communicate with them through incorporating ideas from other authors and by following requirements set by publishers and teachers. Collectively, these entail that writing instruction at college be tailored towards students' current and future needs. In addition, the collection of student perceptions of such an instructional design is necessary for curriculum designers and teachers to better cater to student needs. It is also useful to identify student perceptions related to gender in gender-segregated learning environments commonly encountered in Arab nations. Motivated by these factors, this study investigated sixty-four first-year Emirati university students' (thirty-one males & thirty-three females) views on collaborative writing in a Project Based Learning (PBL) class on a gender segregated campus. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected using a survey and a discourse completion task. Results revealed that the students believed that collaborative project writing was compatible with the Emirati culture. As well, their overall satisfaction with their collaborative writing experience was positive. They were particularly happy that it contributed to general skills that included the use of technology and critical thinking skills. They were also positive about its effects on their English language and teamwork skills. Promotion of active learning and innovation was also agreed upon as a positive attribute of collaborative project writing. Results also showed that the female students were overall more content with their experience, with particularly positive opinions about its effects on English and teamwork skills. Results are discussed, and recommendations are made to enhance learning environments compatible with the principles of collaborative learning.

KEYWORDS
Collaborative Learning, Collaborative Writing, Team-work, Student Satisfaction

Cite this paper
Tanju Deveci . "Student Perceptions on Collaborative Writing in a Project-based Course." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.4 (2018) 721 - 732. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060415.