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Matsuda, Aya; Matsuda, Paul Kei – Written Communication, 2011
In an increasingly globalized world, writing courses, situated as they are in local institutional and rhetorical contexts, need to prepare writers for global writing situations. Taking introductory technical communication in the United States as a case study, this article describes how and to what extent global perspectives are incorporated into…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Textbooks, Cultural Pluralism, Textbook Content
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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
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Maxwell-Reid, Corinne – Written Communication, 2011
This article discusses challenges involved in contrastive discourse analysis that emerged while carrying out a follow-up study into a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) program in Spain. Reversing the focus on English of much contrastive rhetoric work, the study investigates the effect of second-language-English on…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Metalinguistics, Bilingual Education, Discourse Analysis
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Vieira, Kate – Written Communication, 2011
While transnationalism has emerged as a growing area of interest in Writing Studies, the field has not fully examined how migrants' movement across national borders shapes their literacy practices. This article offers one answer to this question by reporting on an ethnographic study of the transnational religious literacies of a community of…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Literacy, Biculturalism
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Cohen, Dale J.; White, Sheida; Cohen, Steffaney B. – Written Communication, 2011
The present study documents everyday adult writing by type of text and medium (computer or paper) in an "in vivo" diary study. The authors compare writing patterns by gender, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, age and working status. The study results reveal that (a) writing time varied with demographic variables for networkers, but…
Descriptors: Adults, Comparative Analysis, Gender Differences, Racial Differences
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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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Butler, Jodie A.; Britt, M. Anne – Written Communication, 2011
Students are expected to come into the current college classroom already possessing certain skills including the ability to write at the appropriate academic level regardless of discipline and the ability to create well-structured arguments. Research indicates, however, that most students entering college are underprepared in both areas. One…
Descriptors: Essays, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Revision (Written Composition)
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Crossley, Scott A.; Weston, Jennifer L.; McLain Sullivan, Susan T.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Written Communication, 2011
In this study, a corpus of essays stratified by level (9th grade, 11th grade, and college freshman) are analyzed computationally to discriminate differences between the linguistic features produced in essays by adolescents and young adults. The automated tool Coh-Metrix is used to examine to what degree essays written at various grade levels can…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Sentence Structure, Nouns, Linguistics
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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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Vasudevan, Lalitha; Schultz, Katherine; Bateman, Jennifer – Written Communication, 2010
In this article, the authors engage the theoretical lens of multimodality in rethinking the practices and processes of composing in classrooms. Specifically, they focus on how learning new composing practices led some fifth-grade students to author new literate identities--what they call authorial stances--in their classroom community. Their…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Intermode Differences, Learning Modalities, Story Telling
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Laquintano, Tim – Written Communication, 2010
This article reports on a digital ethnography that examines writing, authorship, and self-publication in an online niche market. Drawing on interview and web data collected over 3 years, it focuses on the writing practices that have supported the production, distribution, and sanction of 13 ebooks self-published by online poker players. The…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Self Expression, Authors, Books
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Spinuzzi, Clay – Written Communication, 2010
At a search marketing company, each search engine optimization (SEO) specialist writes up to 10 to 12 complex 20-page monthly reports in the first ten business days of each month. These SEO specialists do not consider themselves to be writers, yet they generate these structurally and rhetorically complex reports as a matter of course, while…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Work Environment, Competition, Search Engines
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Hyland, Ken – Written Communication, 2010
Recent research has emphasized the close connections between writing and the construction of an author's identity. While academic contexts privilege certain ways of making meanings and so restrict what resources participants can bring from their past experiences, we can also see these writing conventions as a repertoire of options that allow…
Descriptors: Authors, Self Concept, Academic Discourse, Identification
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Leijten, Marielle; Van Waes, Luuk; Ransdell, Sarah – Written Communication, 2010
Error analysis involves detecting, diagnosing, and correcting discrepancies between the text produced so far (TPSF) and the writers mental representation of what the text should be. The use of different writing modes, like keyboard-based word processing and speech recognition, causes different type of errors during text production. While many…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Word Processing, Printed Materials, Revision (Written Composition)
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