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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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Lerner, Neal – Written Communication, 2007
The history of writing to learn college science is tied to the development of laboratory methods. Such student-centered learning was widely hailed in the 1890s as student enrollments increased dramatically and a backlash grew against lecture and recitation methods. However, as the author shows using archival examples from Dartmouth College,…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Educational Change, College Science, Science Education
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Kruse, Otto – Written Communication, 2006
The introduction of seminars to university teaching marks the onset of a new teaching philosophy and practice in which writing is used to make students independent learners and researchers. Although the beginnings of writing pedagogy at American universities are well documented, little is known about its origins in Germany. The article tracks the…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Intellectual Disciplines, Seminars, Research Universities
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Pitcock, Ronald L. – Written Communication, 2000
Explores literacy sponsorship at an academy that schooled young Native American men near Lexington, Kentucky in the early 19th century. Presents case studies based on the correspondence of two advanced students who turned their literacy lessons toward a critique of their living and learning conditions. Notes the students embraced liberatory…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, American Indians, Case Studies