A Social Network Analysis of Weblogs in Collaborative College Writing

Jae-Kyung Kim
June 2009
English Teaching;2009, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p77
Academic Journal
Many researchers claim that the interpersonal aspect of peer familiarity is important and has a crucial role in performing collaborative tasks. However, this factor has not been studied thoroughly until now. This paper seeks to analyze the relationship between the linguistic aspect (writing performance and written interaction) and the interpersonal aspect (writers' familiarity among group members) in producing better writing performance on weblogs using Social Network Analysis (SNA). SNA is able to examine intangible aspects, like network or relationships among people, and it has been adopted by a wide variety of researchers. SNA shows relationships among people and calculates a writer' written interactions and familiarity among group members in blogging that enables collaborative online weblog writing. This study asked and answered three key questions: how peer familiarity relates to written interactions in weblogs, what are the correlations between peer familiarity, written interactions and writing performance, and how students' perspectives and attitudes toward peer familiarity differ in weblogs. The results of this research suggest that the interpersonal factor of peer familiarity plays an important role in fostering written interactions and improving writing ability.


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