Étudiante-chercheure étoile January 2015

Marie-Eve Gonthier

Marie-Eve Gonthier

PhD student in Education
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Award winning publication: L'influence du clavardage sur la maîtrise du français écrit des élèves du premier cycle du secondaire

Published in: Revue des sciences de l'éducation, vol. 39, no 2, 2013


"Few studies have focused on online chat, and ours is among the first to explore how chatting impacts teenagers. In fact, adolescents constitute an interesting group since their literacy learning is developing and we know that they transgress written language by chatting. Still, our findings revealed that chat does not negatively impact writing, paving the way for the use of chat in the classroom. Students with a marked interest in chat who enjoy working in collaboration could benefit from the opportunity to write interactively. In this study, chat is explained from the cognitive psychology perspective—a new angle that distinguishes our work from other publications on the topic."

Despite the upsurge in the use of digital tools in school contexts, there has been little research into the ways new media influence writing. Marie-Eve Gonthier's study confirms that chat is not detrimental to writing and even leads to tangible potential benefits for the school system. Popular with teenagers, chat could foster skills development and motivation. Teachers no longer need to be concerned since the results showed that students are able to distinguish between formal written language and chat language (abbreviations, acronyms, etc.). The use of chat in the classroom could spark the use of other technological tools in schools.