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Method Collaborative writing process (POST-16 STRATEGIES)
Description "A collaborative writing process is a way of knowing and acquiring knowledge based on writing [Beard et al., 1990]. This entails the hypothesis that knowledge of vocational education emerges in social interaction. Thus, writing is not just a cognitive process and producing text but also social action. Learning through collaborative writing is more a collaborative social endeavour than a competition between the participants. As a result of their work, the experts who cooperate through collaborative writing help outsiders to understand the social dimensions of phenomena, which results in new information." (Lasonen, 1996, p. 7; see also Lasonen 1998a, p. 23, incl. [Flower, 1994])

"Duin [1990, p. 45] defines collaboration as a process 'that requires support for more than just the exchange and maintenance of information'. The prerequisites for efficient collaboration are a shared perspective as the subject under discussion, flexible use of official and unofficial communication channels and working relations between the participants. Moreover, those taking part must enjoy collaborating as such. Understanding individual views also facilitates collaboration, which is important to all participants, as well as knowledge of how certain variables affect the collaboration." (Lasonen, 1996, p. 7)

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