The effect of Computer-Mediated Collaborative Learning on Iranian Advanced Female EFL Learners' Critical Thinking and Writing Performance

Authors

1 Islamic Azad University Kish International Branch

2 Imam Khomeini International University

Abstract

In this study, the researcher attempted to investigate the effect of computer-mediated collaborative learning on Iranian advanced female English Learners' critical thinking and writing performance. In order to do this, initially 90 participants were chosen. To assure the homogeneity regarding language proficiency, they participated in a TOEFL exam which was used to select 60 out of 90 students whose scores fell between +1 and -1 SD for this study. Participants were then randomly assigned to two 30-member control and experimental groups. In this study, Watson–Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal-Form A (Watson & Glaser, 1980) was used as a pretest to see to what extent the participants think critically. A writing test was also administered to assess the writing performance of the learners as writing pre-test. This writing was adapted from TOEFL Writing section and the results were scored by 3 raters. Then, two groups participated in ten sessions. The experimental group was provided with 15 laptops as well as with internet access so as to be able to extract the necessary information for completing their writing. Finally, the critical thinking questionnaire was administered again. Also, a post-test writing was administered to investigate the effect of treatment on the writing performance. The results of data analysis indicated that computer-mediated collaboration led to better writing performance of the learners. Computer-mediated collaboration also proved to have a statistically significant effect on critical thinking level of the participants.
 
 

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Article Title [Persian]

تاثیر یادگیریی با واسطه کامپیوتر در کارگروهی برروی تفکر انتقادی وعملکرد مهارت نوشتاری زبان آموزان دختر ایرانی سطح پیشرفته

Authors [Persian]

  • زهرا فقیری 1
  • مهدی بازیار 2
1 دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد کیش
2 استادیار دانشگاه بین المللی امام خمینی (ره) قزوین
Abstract [Persian]

در این مقاله محقق به بررسی تاثیر یادگیری باواسطه کامپیوتر برروی تفکرانتقادی ومهارت نوشتاری دانش آموزان پیشرفته
دختر ایرانی پرداخته است. این مقاله دو هدف اصلی رادنبال می­کند. هدف اول چگونگی بهبود عملکرد نوشتاری زبان­آموزان بااستفاده از یادگیری با واسطه کامپیوتر به­صورت مشارکتی می باشد و هدف دوم پی بردن به چگونگی تغییر تفکرانتقادی از طریق این فرآیند می باشد. در نیل به این اهداف، ابتدا 90 شرکت کننده انتخاب شدند. برای همگن بودن مشارکت کنندگان، ابتدا تست  TOEFLاز آنان به عمل آمد و 60 نفر از90 به صورت تصادفی انتخاب شدند و به دو گروه 30 نفره کنترل و تجربی تقسیم شدند. دراین تحقیق، فرم ارزیابی واتسون وگلیزر به عنوان پش­آزمون برای سنجش درجه تفکرانتقادی آنان و از یک تست نوشتاری تافل به منظور ارزیابی عملکرد نوشتاری آنان انتخاب شد. نتایج توسط سه مصحح محاسبه شد. سپس دو گروه در 10 جلسه شرکت کردند. برای گروه تجربی، 15 لپ تاپ فراهم شد و اینترنت در دسترس آنان قرار گرفت تا بتوانند اطلاعات لازم را استخراج کنند. در انتها، پرسشنامه تفکرانتقادی دوباره به مشارکت کنندگان داده شد. سپس یک پس­آزمون نوشتاری برای بررسی یادگیریی با واسطه کامپیوتر بر مهارت نوشتاری آنان به مشارکت کنندگان داده شد. نتایج تحلیل داده ها با استفاده از آزمون  t-tes نشان داد که همکاری مشارکتی با واسطه کامپیوتر منتج به عملکرد بهتر نوشتاری زبان آموزان می­شود و ثابت شد که یادگیریی با واسطه کامپیوتر همچنین تاثیر معناداری بر افزایش سطح تفکرانتقادی شرکت کنندگان دارد.
 

Keywords [Persian]

  • یادگیری زبان با واسطه کامپیوتر
  • تفکرانتقادی
  • نمایش کاری نوشتاری
  • یادگیری مشارکتی
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