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
3. Collaboration requires students to explain, defend, and adapt
their ideas. This improves their critical thinking and analysis
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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