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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
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Segal, Judy Z. – Written Communication, 2009
Internet health--here, the public use of information Web sites to facilitate decision making on matters of health and illness--is a rhetorical practice, involving text and trajectories of influence. A fulsome account of it requires attention to all parts of the rhetorical triangle--the speaker, the subject matter, and the audience--yet most…
Descriptors: Health Education, Audiences, Patients, Internet
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Jocson, Korina M. – Written Communication, 2006
This article builds upon the concept of hybridity to affirm the relevance of poetry, music, and other forms of popular culture in the lives of urban youth. Its focus examines the blending of seemingly disparate forms to understand how young people, in particular young people of color, negotiate their multilayered social worlds. One of these worlds…
Descriptors: Literacy, Urban Youth, Poetry, Music
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Eisenhart, Christopher – Written Communication, 2006
Although the rhetoric of expertise stemming from the hard and social sciences has been well researched, the scholarship has not tended to focus on acts of public expertise by scholars from the humanities. This article reports a case study in the rhetorical practices of a theologian, acting as a public expert, first attempting to affect decision…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Case Studies, Literary Criticism, Humanism
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Journet, Debra – Written Communication, 2005
This article analyzes the power of ambiguous metaphors to present scientific novelty. Its focus is a series of papers by the prominent population biologist W. D. Hamilton in which he redefined the meaning of biological altruism. In particular, the article draws on Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad to examine why suggestions of motive are so…
Descriptors: Altruism, Figurative Language, Evolution, Biology
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Longaker, Mark Garrett – Written Communication, 2005
Using a method of topical rhetorical analysis, inspired by K. Burke, to discuss the Ebonics debate, this article demonstrates that conversations about education, particularly writing instruction, have adopted a market rhetoric that limits teachers' agency. However, reappropriation of this market rhetoric can help writing teachers to imagine and…
Descriptors: Writing Teachers, Black Dialects, Rhetoric, Writing Instruction
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Gentil, Guillaume – Written Communication, 2005
This article examines the appropriation of academic biliteracy by three French-speaking students at an English-medium university in the Canadian province of Quebec. Drawing on Hornberger's continua model of biliteracy, Bourdieu's critical social theory, and philosophical hermeneutics, the author conceptualizes individual biliterate development as…
Descriptors: Social Theories, English, Bilingualism, Writing (Composition)
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Breland, Hunter M.; Jones, Robert J. – Written Communication, 1984
Examines the questions: (1) What criteria do raters use when making holistic judgments of brief, impromptu essays? and (2) Do raters judge such essays in the same way they think they do? (FL)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Holistic Evaluation, Secondary Education
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Winterowd, W. Ross – Written Communication, 1985
Argues that the social sciences and humanities bring different attitudes and methods to the problem of meaning and that both views are flawed. Concludes that a realignment of literary studies under the aegis of rhetoric is necessary. (FL)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Humanities
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Kroll, Barry M. – Written Communication, 1985
Responds to an article appearing in an earlier issue of the journal that discussed the relationship between social-cognitive ability and writing skill. Reports on a study that investigated the relationship and found that social cognitive ability was more closely related to oral than to written performance. (FL)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Oral Language
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Elbow, Peter – Written Communication, 1999
Addresses the argument that private writing is not really private. Explores the role of empirical evidence. Offers arguments that acknowledge private writing as different from public or social writing. Discusses methods of researching private writing. (CR)
Descriptors: Diaries, Writing (Composition), Writing Attitudes, Writing Instruction
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Canagarajah, A. Suresh – Written Communication, 1996
Explores how the nondiscursive conventions and requirements of academic publishing serve exclusionary functions with regard to Third World scholarship. Argues that marginalization of Third World scholarship undermines both Western and Third World advances in knowledge, and that therefore steps should be taken to ensure a more democratic and…
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education
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Medway, Peter – Written Communication, 1996
Endorses recent arguments for more study of writing that shapes and directs the production of material artifacts and for considering writing as one semiotic mode among others. Considers a case of "nonwritten" symbolic production, architectural design, for what it may suggest for the study and teaching of writing. (TB)
Descriptors: Architecture, Building Design, Philosophy, Research Needs
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Spack, Ruth – Written Communication, 1997
Examines the reading and writing strategies of one student over a three-year period and traces the process she went through to acquire college-level academic literacy in English, her second language. Suggests that the student's educational background shaped her approach to United States academic discourse practices. (TB)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Case Studies, English (Second Language), Higher Education
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Smagorinsky, Peter – Written Communication, 1997
Considers two competing accounts of how writers construct meaning, the designative tradition (which holds that speech artifacts mediate people's thinking) and the expressive tradition (which focuses on the transformation of inner speech to public speech). Show how one student's writing experiences reveal the interrelated roles of these two…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, High School Seniors, High Schools, Learning Theories
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