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Khuder, Baraa; Harwood, Nigel – Written Communication, 2019
This mixed-methods study investigates writers' task representation and the factors affecting it in test-like and non-test-like conditions. Five advanced-level L2 writers wrote two argumentative essays each, one in test-like conditions and the other in non-test-like conditions where the participants were allowed to use all the time and online…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Task Analysis, Advanced Students, Essays
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Sturk, Erika; Lindgren, Eva – Written Communication, 2019
Views about what writing is and how it should be taught have varied over the years as well as across contexts. Studies of curricula, teaching materials, and teaching practices have shown a strong focus on skills, genres, and processes, but few have asked teachers about their perspectives on writing. In this article we explore what views, or…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Writing Processes, Compulsory Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Corcoran, James – Written Communication, 2019
This article outlines findings from a case study investigating attitudes toward English as the dominant language of scientific research writing. Survey and interview data were collected from 55 Latin American health and life scientists and 7 North American scientific journal editors connected to an intensive scholarly writing for publication…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Research Reports, Periodicals, Scientific Research
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Walsh, Lynda – Written Communication, 2018
This report details the second phase of an ongoing research project investigating the visual invention and composition processes of scientific researchers. In this phase, four academic researchers completed think-aloud protocols as they composed graphics for research presentations; they also answered follow-up questions about their visual…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Scientific Research, Visualization, Values
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Wolfe, Christopher R.; Gao, Hongli; Wu, Minhua; Albrecht, Michael – Written Communication, 2018
Argumentation schema theory guided four experiments on the processing of plausible and implausible reasons and warrant statements testing the hypothesis that most reasons produce greater agreement with claims than when claims are presented without support. Another hypothesis was that leaving warrants unstated often produces greater agreement than…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Hypothesis Testing, Majors (Students)
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Geisler, Cheryl – Written Communication, 2018
Coding, the analytic task of assigning codes to nonnumeric data, is foundational to writing research. A rich discussion of methodological pluralism has established the foundational importance of systematicity in the task of coding, but less attention has been paid to the equally important commitment to language complexity. Addressing the interplay…
Descriptors: Coding, Writing Research, Spreadsheets, Computer Software
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Spinuzzi, Clay; Altounian, David; Pogue, Gregory; Cochran, Robert; Zhu, Lily – Written Communication, 2018
In this qualitative study, the authors apply Callon's sociology of translation to examine how new technology entrepreneurs enact material arguments that involve the first two moments of translation--problematization (defining a market problem) and interessement (defining a market and the firm's relationship to it)--which in turn are represented in…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business, Sociology
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Davila, Bethany – Written Communication, 2016
Although standard language ideologies have been well researched and theorized, the practices that lead to the reproduction and enactment of these ideologies deserve attention. Specifically, there remains a need to study language that both reveals reliance on standard language ideologies and perpetuates these ideologies within the field of writing…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, English, Language Usage, Ideology
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Gallagher, John R. – Written Communication, 2015
This article investigates the strategies web-writers develop when their audiences respond to them via textual participation. Focusing on three web-writers who want to "continue the conversation," this article identifies five major strategies to accomplish this aim: (a) editing after production, (b) quotation, (c) question posing, (d)…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Internet, Authors, Editing
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Pavia, Catherine Matthews – Written Communication, 2015
Greater attention to methods and methodologies when studying writing in religious contexts is needed to help researchers navigate ethical issues specific to faith communities and religious practices; to improve knowledge regarding the relationships among writing, religion, and faith; and to encourage respect for religious and nonreligious beliefs.…
Descriptors: Ethics, Writing (Composition), Religion, Beliefs
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Rounsaville, Angela – Written Communication, 2014
Scholars have recently begun to conceive of literacy practices as drawing from resources that are simultaneously situated and extracontextual. In particular, studies of transnational literacy affirm the importance of both locality and movement in literacy studies. Continuing this inquiry into the situated and dispersed nature of transnational…
Descriptors: Literary Genres, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Global Approach
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Suzuki, Shinobu – Written Communication, 2011
This study examines how Japanese students perceive the qualities of written arguments that were constructed to have different forms. Based on the theoretical dimensions of verbal communication styles that Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey (1988) proposed, the research questions asked whether the respondents would perceive direct arguments to be of higher…
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Student Attitudes, Persuasive Discourse, Japanese
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Artemeva, Natasha; Fox, Janna – Written Communication, 2011
This article reports on an international study of the teaching of undergraduate mathematics in seven countries. Informed by rhetorical genre theory, activity theory, and the notion of Communities of Practice, this study explores a pedagogical genre at play in university mathematics lecture classrooms. The genre is mediational in that it is a tool…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Video Technology, Mathematics Education, Teaching Experience