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The impact of interactive whiteboard technology on medical students' achievement in ESL essay writing : an early study in Egypt.

Albaaly, E. and Higgins, S. (2011) 'The impact of interactive whiteboard technology on medical students' achievement in ESL essay writing : an early study in Egypt.', Language learning journal., 40 (2). pp. 207-222.

Abstract

This study investigated the impact of the interactive whiteboard on Egyptian medical students' achievement in essay writing in English as a second language (ESL). First, the writing micro-skills judged essential to help these students improve their essay writing were identified, using a questionnaire which investigated experts' views. This gave rise to a taxonomy of 29 writing micro-skills, which then provided the basis for the design of a teaching module. This module was subsequently taught to an experimental group using an interactive whiteboard to model the target micro-skills, thus exploiting the interactive features of the technology, while a control group was taught using traditional methods (pen, paper and traditional whiteboard). A pre-post essay writing test was developed to assess the impact of the module in both its experimental and traditional versions. Results showed that though the students' essay-writing skills improved in both groups, the use of the interactive whiteboard had no additional beneficial impact on the experimental group's achievement. This raises questions about the link between technological and pedagogical change in enhancing learning.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (323Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2010.543953
Publisher statement:This is an electronic version of an article published in Albaaly, E. and Higgins, S. (2011) 'The impact of interactive whiteboard technology on medical students' achievement in ESL essay writing : an early study in Egypt.', Language learning journal., 40 (2). pp. 207-222. Language learning journal] is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0957-1736&volume=40&issue=2&spage=207
Record Created:15 Apr 2011 10:54
Last Modified:23 Oct 2012 09:44

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