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Here’s another article that I found during the fall, but didn’t get around to formally reviewing until now.

Mateos, M., Martin, E., Villalon, R., & Luna, M. (2008). Reading and writing to learn in secondary education: online processing activity and written products in summarizing and synthesizing tasks. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 21, 675-697.

This article is different from most I have been reading. Rather than deal with L2 learners, it deals with L1 high school students in Spain. The research team explore how these students approach summary and synthesis tasks in terms of processing activities and the quality of the final written products.  My full reaction follows the jump.

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I’m not quite sure how I happened across this article, which is often the case with that crazy web we call “The Internet.” I think it happened like this:

1. My Google Alerts sends me an email. I usually ignore these because they are usually filled with garbage and re-posted forum board questions. As I skim, I get excited since one of the links looks promising. And then I realize that the link is my own blog. This is not the first time this has happened.

2. I get another Google Alert email and almost decide to trash it because clearly I am choosing useless key words, or the internet is just not interested in my research topic. But then I notice something: an article in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. Very promising.

3. I follow the link, but it only takes me to the abstract on the journal publisher’s website.

4. I try the link for “Find this article at a nearby library” and discover that the closest copy is at Georgetown U. Not making that trip.

5. I search for the journal at my university library’s website, and of course they don’t have it.

6. I do a websearch to see if it will come up. I get a long list of links, none of which contain the full article. However, I do find the official webpage for the author and an email to her proves very helpful (more on that in another post).

7. Another link brings up a list of various journals containing similar keywords as the target article. One of them catches my eye, and I search for it on my library’s website. Also a deadend.

8. I head to the interlibrary loan website and request both articles. No word yet on the first, by the tangential article shows up in my inbox in a matter of hours.

And that’s how I came across this article (I think).

Mateo, M., Martin, E., Villalon, R., & Luna, M. (2008). Reading and writing to learn in secondary education: Online processing activity and written products in summarizing and synthesizing tasks. Reading and Writing, 21, 675-697.

My review of the article follows.
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