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Compton-Lilly, Catherine – Written Communication, 2014
Peter, an African American writer from a low-income community, is followed across a 10-year period as he progresses from first grade through high school. Drawing on writing samples and interviews, the author identifies a set of interrelated dispositions that contribute to his development of "habitus" as a writer. This article considers…
Descriptors: African American Students, Writing Ability, Personality, Longitudinal Studies
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Hayes, John R. – Written Communication, 2012
In Section 1 of this article, the author discusses the succession of models of adult writing that he and his colleagues have proposed from 1980 to the present. He notes the most important changes that differentiate earlier and later models and discusses reasons for the changes. In Section 2, he describes his recent efforts to model young…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Models, Writing Processes, Adult Education
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Bezemer, Jeff; Kress, Gunther – Written Communication, 2008
Frequently writing is now no longer the central mode of representation in learning materials--textbooks, Web-based resources, teacher-produced materials. Still (as well as moving) images are increasingly prominent as carriers of meaning. Uses and forms of writing have undergone profound changes over the last decades, which calls for a social,…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Semiotics, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials
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Bazerman, Charles; Farmer, Frank; Halasek, Kay; Williams, Joseph – Written Communication, 2005
The three authors writing on Bakhtins essay, "Dialogic Origin and Dialogic Pedagogy of Grammar" -- Farmer, Halasek, and Williams -- respond to one another, and Bazerman provides a summative comment in the paragraphs that follow. The responses explore further some of Bakhtins thoughts concerning rhetoric and its relation to stylistics and his use…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Russian, Grammar, Dialogs (Language)
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Chambliss, Marilyn J.; Christenson, Lea Ann; Parker, Carolyn – Written Communication, 2003
Explanation as a genre may support children's reasoning and understanding particularly effectively. In this study, 20 fourth graders were given the task of explaining the effects of a pollutant on an ecosystem to third graders. Before writing, they completed a commercially developed science unit, instruction in reading and writing an explanation,…
Descriptors: Models, Ecology, Grade 4, Grade 3
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Sheehy, Margaret – Written Communication, 2003
Standardization discourse is dominantly linked to tests; yet standardization occurs in practices of everyday social life, too. This research seeks to understand standardization processes involved in the writing done by a class of seventh grade students, half of whom did not do well in school or on tests. Acting as participant observer in a…
Descriptors: Social Influences, Participant Observation, Language Arts, Boards of Education