Using Peer Collaboration to Support Online Reading, Writing, and Communication

This study posted below (labeled CollaborationInquiryEdForum) examines peer collaboration among four pairs of seventh graders who read online to determine what caused the downfall of the Mayan civilization. More and less productive collaborative interactions are presented through snippets of dialogue in which pairs negotiated complex texts. Few examples of how teachers can skillfully facilitate collaborative interactions currently exist, despite the call for these skills in the Common Core State Standards. Teaching ideas that support collaborative online reading are featured.

Reference

Castek, J., Coiro, J., Guzniczak, L., & Bradshaw, C. (2012).  Examing peer collaboration in online inquiry. The Educational Forum, 76, 479-496.   

The comparative case study posted below (labeled UsingPeerCollaborationToSupportOnlineInquiry) investigated the implementation of an empowerment model for struggling readers that utilized the Internet as a context for reading, writing, and communicating in 3 different classroom contexts. Throughstudent-centered techniques, such as flexible grouping and peer teaching, we designed Internet Reciprocal Teaching to support the development of the new literacies of online reading comprehension among elementary and middle school students. Results suggest that peer collaboration was the primary means of strategy exchange and that students who were previously perceived as struggling readers became active in coaching, leading, and sharing new strategies. In effect, peer collaboration appeared to reconceptualize struggling readers’ role in the classroom and set the context for greater engagement in literacy activities and investment in learning.

Reference

Henry, L.A., Castek, J. Zawilinski, L., O’Byrne, I. (2012). Using Peer Collaboration to Support Online Reading, Writing, and Communication: An Empowerment Model for Struggling Readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 28, 279–306.


The teaching oriented piece posted below (labeled CastekKretschmar2013) shares specific implementation strategies for teaching collaborative writing using the free Mixed Ink web-based platform. 

Reference

Castek, J. & Kretschmar, L. (2013). Collaborative writing:  Weaving collective ideas together into a single text.  The California Reader 46(3). 41-43.




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