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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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Ross, Derek G. – Written Communication, 2013
Common topics are words or phrases used to develop argument, and commonplaces aid memory or catalyze frames of understanding. When used in argumentation, each may help interested parties more effectively communicate valuable scientific and environment-related information. This article describes 12 modern topics of environmental rhetoric,…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse, Environment, Interviews
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Schryer, Catherine; McDougall, Allan; Tait, Glendon R.; Lingard, Lorelei – Written Communication, 2012
This article investigates an emerging practice in palliative care: dignity therapy. Dignity therapy is a psychotherapeutic intervention that its proponents assert has clinically significant positive impacts on dying patients. Dignity therapy consists of a physician asking a patient a set of questions about his or her life and returning to the…
Descriptors: Hospitals, Death, Patients, Ecology
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Bremner, Stephen – Written Communication, 2012
This article tracks the socialization of a Chinese intern into a Hong Kong PR company and considers the factors that enabled her to move toward acquiring the discourse of the profession. Taking a case study approach, the research is based on a detailed daily journal written by the intern during her internship, and two interviews. Over the 3-month…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internship Programs, Socialization, Organizational Culture
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Concha, Soledad; Paratore, Jeanne R. – Written Communication, 2011
This study focused on 12th-grade Chilean students' ability to produce locally coherent persuasive texts and on the cognitive basis that underlies this ability. All the participants wrote persuasive texts and answered a test of recognition of incoherent sequences. A subsample wrote another persuasive text while thinking aloud and had a…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Writing Processes, Connected Discourse, Metalinguistics
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Wickman, Chad – Written Communication, 2010
This article, drawing on ethnographic study in a chemical physics research facility, explores how notebooks are used and produced in the conduct of laboratory science. Data include written field notes of laboratory activity; visual documentation of "in situ" writing processes; analysis of inscriptions, texts, and material artifacts produced in the…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Ethnography, Physics, Laboratories
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Honig, Sheryl – Written Communication, 2010
This article reports on the types of scientific writing found in two primary grade classrooms. These results are part of a larger two-year study whose purpose was to examine the development of informational writing of second- and third-grade students as they participated in integrated science-literacy instruction. The primary purpose of the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Discourse Analysis, Science Instruction
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Lee, Given; Schallert, Diane L. – Written Communication, 2008
The authors' goal was to model the role played by the relationship between a writing teacher and her students in the feedback and revision cycle they experienced in an English-as-a-foreign-language context. Participants included a nonnative teacher of English and 14 students enrolled in her English writing class in a Korean university. Data came…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Trust (Psychology), Writing Teachers, English (Second Language)
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James, Mark Andrew – Written Communication, 2008
This study investigates the influence of students' perceptions of task similarity/difference on the transfer of writing skills. A total of 42 students from a freshman ESL writing course completed an out-of-class writing task. For half of the students, the subject matter of the writing task was designed to be similar to the writing course; for the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Writing Skills, Writing Instruction, English (Second Language)
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McCarthey, Sarah J. – Written Communication, 2008
The study uses Foucault's framework of governmentality to understand the impact of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on teachers' writing instruction and attitudes toward writing in high- and low-income schools. Using interviews and observations of 18 teachers, the study identified four themes: emphasis on testing, curricular effects, awareness of…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Federal Legislation, Limited English Speaking
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Lee, Carmen K.-M. – Written Communication, 2007
This study examines the factors influencing language and script choice in instant messaging (IM), a form of real-time computer-mediated communication, in a multilingual setting. Grounded in the New Literacy Studies, the study understands IM as a social practice involving texts, encompassing a range of literacy practices, within which a subset…
Descriptors: Written Language, Multilingualism, Familiarity, Ecological Factors
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Myhill, Debra; Jones, Susan – Written Communication, 2007
Drawing on the second phase of a 2-year study of students' linguistic and compositional processes, this article describes students' reflections on their online revision processes, those revisions made during the process of translating thoughts into written text. The data collected were from classroom observation and post hoc interviews with 34…
Descriptors: Observation, Writing Instruction, Error Correction, Student Attitudes
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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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Bremner, Stephen – Written Communication, 2006
This article, using data from a year-long study of writing processes in an institutional context, looks at the demands made on writers in workplace environments as they make requests of their colleagues. Building on Brown and Levinson's politeness theory, the study takes a view of context as being a key factor in framing requests, in addition…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Writing Difficulties, Writing Processes, Authors
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Brandt, Deborah – Written Communication, 2005
This article seeks to explore the influence of the knowledge economy on the status of writing and literacy. It inquires into what happens to writers and their writing when texts serve as the chief commercial products of an organization--when such high-stakes factors as corporate reputation, client base, licensing, competitive advantage, growth,…
Descriptors: Workplace Literacy, Authors, Interviews, Writing Skills
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