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|Title:||A Collaborative Tale with Two Taiwanese EFL College Groups|
Department of English, NTNU
The purpose of this study was to investigate how two groups of Taiwanese EFL college students engaged in debate as collaborative inquiry. The debate requiredparticipants not only to take critical stances but also to cooperate in solving problemsof social concem. Sixteen Taiwanese college students, divided into four groups，participated in this research. This paper focuses on two of the four groups. Leaminglogs, semi-structured oral interviews and open-ended uestionnaires were used to gather data. The topical unit was first used to categorize the data. The relevant units were then grouped together as a perspective, which reflected a common or a recurnng pa位em. Then comparative content analysis was finally used to interpret the data. Three perspectives influencing the success or failure of collaborative leaming are presented in this paper. They include: linguistic competence, leaming attitudes and gender differences. The results indicate that sharing, understanding and mutual support are crucial to a successful collaboration. Failure in collaboration involves faulty interdependent relationships, lack of altruism, and lack of leaming motivation. Gender differences toward the concept of arguments and disagreements also play a role. Some pedagogical implications are suggested for ESLlEFL classroom use.
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