Collaborative Writing

Collaborative writing is a method of revision in which a writer receives feedback or constructive criticism from fellow writers after they have read his or her composition. This helps a writer to find unclear parts of his composition and to address areas of concern that need further depth or less attention. Collaborative writing offers a writer different perspectives on his or her composition and allows him or her to grow as a writer

In her article "Collaboration, Control, and the Idea of a Writing Center," Andrea Lunsford describes collaborative learning as "the most important and helpful part" of her student's school experience. She describes several of the following advantages of collaborative writing.

1. Collaboration helps students to identify problems as well as to solve problems.
2. Collaboration helps students to understand and include different perspectives in their writing. Lunsford calls this interdisciplinary thinking.
3. Collaboration requires students to explain, defend, and adapt their ideas. This improves their critical thinking and analysis skills.
4. Collaboration helps students to understand and appreciate others. It asks them to cooperate and work with other people.
5. Collaboration emphasizes many different components of learning. Lunsford describes active learning as including reading, talking, writing, and thinking.

Lunsford also addresses several concerns she has about collaborative learning, including making sure students stay on task and getting all students inspired and motivated to work. She adds that clearly defined goals and objectives may limit these areas of concern.

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