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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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Harwood, Nigel – Written Communication, 2018
There has been much interest recently in researching the changes editors, supervisors, and other language brokers make to the writing of L2 researchers who are attempting to publish in English. However, studies focused on the presubmission proofreading of students' university essays are rarer. In this study of student proofreading, 14 UK…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Writing (Composition)
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de Smet, Milou J. R.; Leijten, Mariëlle; Van Waes, Luuk – Written Communication, 2018
This study aims to explore the process of reading during writing. More specifically, it investigates whether a combination of keystroke logging data and eye tracking data yields a better understanding of cognitive processes underlying fluent and nonfluent text production. First, a technical procedure describes how writing process data from the…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Processes, Writing Processes, Eye Movements
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Cordeiro, Carolina; Castro, São Luís; Limpo, Teresa – Written Communication, 2018
A growing body of scholarship in the field of writing research from a cognitive perspective suggests that girls tend to outperform boys in particular writing tasks. Still, our understanding about gender differences continues to evolve. The present study specifically focused on gender differences in writing between students from Grade 4 to Grade 9.…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Handwriting, Gender Differences, Grade 4
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Christiansen, M. Sidury – Written Communication, 2017
This study describes how members of a transnational social network of Mexican bilinguals living in Chicago manipulate their language on online social media to facilitate and maintain close connections across borders. Using a discourse-centered online ethnographic approach, I examine conversations posted on members' Facebook walls and the contexts…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Mexican Americans, Discourse Analysis, Bilingualism
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Cloud, Doug – Written Communication, 2017
"Coming out" is a powerful way for individuals to disclose, constitute, and perform membership in stigmatized identity categories. The practice has now spread far beyond its LGBTQ origins. In this essay, I examine how atheists and other secularists have taken up and adapted coming out discourse to meet their situational and rhetorical…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Discourse Analysis, Figurative Language
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Anderson, Kate T.; Stewart, Olivia G.; Kachorsky, Dani – Written Communication, 2017
This article examines multimodal texts created by a cohort of academically marginalized secondary school students in Singapore as part of a language arts unit on persuasive composition. Using an interpretivist qualitative approach, we examine students' multimodal designs to highlight opportunities taken up for expanding literacy practices…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Educationally Disadvantaged, Language Arts
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Olive, Thierry; Barbier, Marie-Laure – Written Communication, 2017
We examined longhand note taking strategies when reading and summarizing a source text that was formatted with bullets or that was presented in a single paragraph. We analyzed cognitive effort when reading the source text, when jotting notes, when reading the notes, and when composing the summary, as well as time spent in these activities and the…
Descriptors: Time on Task, Cognitive Processes, Notetaking, Documentation
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Gruber, David R. – Written Communication, 2017
Neuro-realism is a widely cited concept describing a textual phenomenon in popular science news wherein brain research uncritically validates or invalidates the "realness" of particular beliefs or practices. Currently, no research on neuro-realism examines the variable rhetorical roles of such statements, that is, how they support…
Descriptors: Brain, Neurosciences, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Brent, Doug – Written Communication, 2017
Most of the literature on the assignment traditionally called the "research paper" focusses on first-year students, and often centers on what they don't know or can't do. This article seeks to expand the conversation to one about the skills and knowledge displayed by senior students, and about their perceptions of the universe of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Research, Research Projects, College Seniors
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Limpo, Teresa; Alves, Rui A. – Written Communication, 2017
It is established that transcription skills (handwriting and spelling) constrain children's writing. Yet, little is known about the mechanism underlying this relationship. This study examined the mediating role of bursts and pauses on the link between transcription skills and writing fluency or text quality. For that, 174 second graders did the…
Descriptors: Written Language, Handwriting, Spelling, Writing Skills
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Van Der Steen, Steffie; Samuelson, Dianne; Thomson, Jennifer M. – Written Communication, 2017
This study addresses the current debate about the beneficial effects of text processing software on students with different working memory (WM) during the process of academic writing, especially with regard to the ability to display higher-level conceptual thinking. A total of 54 graduate students (15 male, 39 female) wrote one essay by hand and…
Descriptors: Word Processing, Keyboarding (Data Entry), Writing (Composition), Educational Benefits
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Schiegg, Markus; Thorpe, Deborah – Written Communication, 2017
Handwritten texts carry significant information, extending beyond the meaning of their words. Modern neurology, for example, benefits from the interpretation of the graphic features of writing and drawing for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases and disorders. This article examines how handwriting analysis can be used, and has been used…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychiatric Hospitals, Patients, Handwriting
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Smart, Graham; Thompson, Richard – Written Communication, 2017
This study extends a line of inquiry established by researchers using narrative theory to investigate the discourses of psychiatry. Drawing primarily on theories of narrative and genre, the study analyzes a series of autobiographical books intended for an audience of youth suffering from mental illness. Our research investigates how the rhetorical…
Descriptors: Books, Youth, Mental Disorders, Autobiographies
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Ingraham, Chris – Written Communication, 2017
The work of Carol Berkenkotter and others who have expanded the realm of personal narrative studies over the past several decades would not have been possible without the pioneering efforts of those who first brought the study of narrative to nonliterary discourses. By revisiting what personal narratives were to these pioneers-working outward from…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Inquiry, Personal Autonomy, Sociolinguistics
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