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Olson, David R.; Oatley, Keith – Written Communication, 2014
Learning to read and write is seen as both the acquisition of skills useful in a modern society and an introduction to a world increasingly organized around the reading and writing of authoritative texts. While most agree on the importance of writing, insufficient attention has been given to the more basic question of just what writing is, that…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Punctuation, Discourse Modes, Theories
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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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Burgess, Amy; Ivanic, Roz – Written Communication, 2010
This article argues for the differentiation according to timescales of aspects of writer identity. It presents a framework for investigating the discoursal construction of writer identity that develops the categories proposed by Ivanic in two ways. First, it distinguishes aspects of writer identity according to the timescales over which they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Authors, Writing (Composition), Self Concept
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Nelson, Mark Evan; Hull, Glynda A.; Roche-Smith, Jeeva – Written Communication, 2008
One privilege enjoyed by new-media authors is the opportunity to realize representations of Self that are rich textual worlds in themselves and also to engage the wider world, with a voice, a smile, imagery, and sound. Still, closer investigation of multimedia composition practices reveals levels of complexity with which the verbal virtuoso is…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Intention, Multimedia Materials, Intermode Differences
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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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Harwood, Nigel – Written Communication, 2006
This article describes five political scientists' interview-based accounts of appropriate and inappropriate use of the pronouns "I" and "we" in academic writing. The informants talked about pronoun use with reference to one of their own journal articles and also by referring to other informants' texts. Beliefs about appropriate…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Political Science, Academic Discourse, Heuristics
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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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Bazerman, Charles – Written Communication, 2005
This is an extended summary of a pedagogic essay by Mikhail M. Bakhtin on writing style, titled "Dialogic Origin and Dialogic Pedagogy of Grammar: Stylistics as Part of Russian Language Instruction in Secondary School." In this essay, written in spring 1945 while Bakhtin was a secondary school teacher of Russian language arts, he argues that every…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Language Arts, Language Styles, Secondary Education
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Fisher, Maisha T – Written Communication, 2004
In this article, the author builds on McHenry and Heaths study of the "literate" and the "literary" and McHenry's research on "forgotten readers" by examining the often undocumented literacy traditions and practices of men and women of African descent. First, the author traces the legacy of blended traditions of both written and spoken words in…
Descriptors: Poetry, Language Arts, Literacy, African Americans
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Cahill, David – Written Communication, 2003
Contrastive rhetoric scholarship researches rhetorical structures across languages to predict the difficulties experienced by students learning to write essays in a second language. The paradigmatic contrast is between Western languages (e.g., English) that are said to exemplify "linearity" and "directness" and Eastern languages (e.g., Chinese,…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Invention, Contrastive Linguistics
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Bracewell, Robert J.; Witte, Stephen P. – Written Communication, 2003
This article is concerned with characterizing literacy activity as it is practiced in professional workplaces. Its starting point is activity theory, which grew out of the work of Vygotsky and has been subsequently elaborated in Russia and elsewhere. First, the authors propose that existing versions of activity theory are unable to account…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Writing (Composition), Workplace Literacy, Learning Theories
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Bazerman, Charles; Little, Joseph; Chavkin, Teri – Written Communication, 2003
Genres, although aligning people to joint activity and joint attention, shape the substantive material or information represented within the bounded space of the text. Each genre creates a space that prompts the production of particular kinds of information to populate that space. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 that mandated the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Literary Genres, Writing (Composition), Physical Environment
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2002
This article offers a theoretical account of school literacy development that foregrounds the symbolic and social resources of childhood cultures. Drawing upon ethnographic data collected in an urban school site, this article illustrates how the playful childhood practices of a small group of young school children shaped their entry into school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Writing (Composition), Ethnography, Young Children
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Ongstad, Sigmund – Written Communication, 2002
The article consists of two parts: One introduces the concept of positioning as a framework for inspecting and relating major tendencies regarding research on writing; the other gives a historic outline of how research on writing in Norway first emerged. The triadic semiotics of Buhler, Bakhtin, Habermas, and Halliday are combined, and then…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Semiotics, Writing Research, Didacticism
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