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Article: Exploring a sociocultural approach to writing strategy research: mediated actions in writing activities

TitleExploring a sociocultural approach to writing strategy research: mediated actions in writing activities
Authors
KeywordsActivity theory
Efl learners
Mediated actions
Sociocultural approach
Writing strategies
Issue Date2008
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jslw
Citation
Journal of Second Language Writing, 2008, v. 17 n. 4, p. 217-236 How to Cite?
AbstractIn contrast to the traditional cognitive view of writing strategies, this study explores English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' writing strategy use within the Activity Theory framework, adding to the growing body of writing strategy research and sociocultural research on writing and second language acquisition (SLA). Drawing on data collected from interviews, stimulated recall, and process logs completed by two proficient English majors in a Chinese university, the study investigates how these two learners strategically mediated their writing processes with diverse resources and identifies four types of writing strategies, namely, artifact-mediated, rule-mediated, community-mediated, and role-mediated strategies. Subcategories are specified within each category to further explicate the learners' strategy use. These categories and subcategories, though by no means exhaustive, reconceptualize writing strategies from a sociocultural perspective. Moreover, contradictions in strategy use, writers' agency, writing goals, and interactions between strategies are discussed. Finally, the study suggests implications for writing instruction and future directions of writing strategy research. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/147161
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.744
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.755
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dc.contributor.authorLei, X-
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-29T04:04:53Z-
dc.date.available2012-05-29T04:04:53Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Second Language Writing, 2008, v. 17 n. 4, p. 217-236-
dc.identifier.issn1060-3743-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/147161-
dc.description.abstractIn contrast to the traditional cognitive view of writing strategies, this study explores English as a foreign language (EFL) learners' writing strategy use within the Activity Theory framework, adding to the growing body of writing strategy research and sociocultural research on writing and second language acquisition (SLA). Drawing on data collected from interviews, stimulated recall, and process logs completed by two proficient English majors in a Chinese university, the study investigates how these two learners strategically mediated their writing processes with diverse resources and identifies four types of writing strategies, namely, artifact-mediated, rule-mediated, community-mediated, and role-mediated strategies. Subcategories are specified within each category to further explicate the learners' strategy use. These categories and subcategories, though by no means exhaustive, reconceptualize writing strategies from a sociocultural perspective. Moreover, contradictions in strategy use, writers' agency, writing goals, and interactions between strategies are discussed. Finally, the study suggests implications for writing instruction and future directions of writing strategy research. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jslw-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Second Language Writing-
dc.subjectActivity theory-
dc.subjectEfl learners-
dc.subjectMediated actions-
dc.subjectSociocultural approach-
dc.subjectWriting strategies-
dc.titleExploring a sociocultural approach to writing strategy research: mediated actions in writing activitiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLei, X: leixiao@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jslw.2008.04.001-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-55049119369-
dc.identifier.hkuros161058-
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage217-
dc.identifier.epage236-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000261038900001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.citeulike5182431-

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