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Tusting, Karin – Written Communication, 2015
This article reports on research addressing the role of writing as a space for producing representations of children's identity as Catholics in a First Communion preparation course. It draws on data from ethnographic participant observation over one year in a Catholic parish in England, focusing on writing in the preparation sessions, taking a…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Writing (Composition), Peace, Catholics
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Muhammad, Gholnecsar E. – Written Communication, 2015
In this study, the researcher explores the role of literacy--specifically writing in the lives of adolescent Muslim girls who used writing as a sociopolitical tool when participating in a literacy collaborative grounded in Islamic principles and writing for social change. Previously, researchers have largely focused on the literacies of immigrant…
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Muslims, Social Change
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Felton, Mark; Crowell, Amanda; Liu, Tina – Written Communication, 2015
Research has shown that novice writers tend to ignore opposing viewpoints when framing and developing arguments in writing, a phenomenon commonly referred to as my-side bias. In the present article, we contrast two forms of argumentative discourse conditions (arguing to persuade and arguing to reach consensus) and examine their differential…
Descriptors: Beginning Writing, Persuasive Discourse, Novices, Bias
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Juzwik, Mary M.; McKenzie, Cori – Written Communication, 2015
Some literacy scholars have embraced rooted cosmopolitanism as a framework for educating in today's globalized and pluralistic world, where communicating across difference is an important individual and societal good. But how is the "cosmopolitan turn" in writing complicated by considering the religiosity of writing teachers and student…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Christianity, Beliefs, Writing Teachers
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Pogue, Tiffany D. – Written Communication, 2015
This study describes the use of literacy--including the written word--in the maintenance and practice of Lukumí, a Diasporic African spiritual tradition. While Lukumí is decidedly orally transmitted, the written word is still a critical part of its contemporary practice. Relying on data collected during participant observation of ceremonies and…
Descriptors: Written Language, Literacy, Religion, Religious Cultural Groups
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Noy, Chaim – Written Communication, 2015
The study takes a situated and material approach to texts and writing practices and examines writing ethnographically as it transpires and displayed in museums. The ethnography highlights the richness and sociality embodied in writing practices as well as the ideological, communal, and ritualistic functions that writing and texts serve in cultural…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Museums, Ethnography, Comparative Analysis
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Cunningham, Jennifer M. – Written Communication, 2014
This study examines a social network site (SNS) where specific interlocutors communicate by combining aspects of academic American English (AE), digital language (DL), and African American Language (AAL)--creating a digital form of AAL or digital AAL (DAAL). This article describes the features of DAAL in the discursive, online context of MySpace,…
Descriptors: Social Networks, African American Culture, Web Sites, Discourse Communities
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Crossley, Scott A.; Roscoe, Rod; McNamara, Danielle S. – Written Communication, 2014
This study identifies multiple profiles of successful essays via a cluster analysis approach using linguistic features reported by a variety of natural language processing tools. The findings from the study indicate that there are four profiles of successful writers for the samples analyzed. These four profiles are linguistically distinct from one…
Descriptors: Essays, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Multivariate Analysis
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Pigg, Stacey; Grabill, Jeffrey T.; Brunk-Chavez, Beth; Moore, Jessie L.; Rosinski, Paula; Curran, Paul G. – Written Communication, 2014
This article shares results from a multi-institutional study of the role of writing in college students' lives. Using case studies built from a larger population survey along with interviews, diaries, and a daily SMS texting protocol, we found that students report SMS texting, lecture notes, and emails to be the most frequent writing…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Writing (Composition), College Students, Surveys
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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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Lancaster, Zak – Written Communication, 2014
Drawing on the appraisal framework from systemic functional linguistics (SFL), this article examines patterns of stance in a corpus of 92 high- and low-graded argumentative papers written in the context of an upper-level course in economics. It interprets differential patterns of stance in students' texts in light of interview commentaries…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Economics, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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Mills, Kathy A.; Exley, Beryl – Written Communication, 2014
Theorists of multiliteracies, social semiotics, and the New Literacy Studies have drawn attention to the potential changing nature of writing and literacy in the context of networked communications. This article reports findings from a design-based research project in Year 4 classrooms (students aged 8.5-10 years) in a low socioeconomic status…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Multiple Literacies, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Compton-Lilly, Catherine – Written Communication, 2014
Peter, an African American writer from a low-income community, is followed across a 10-year period as he progresses from first grade through high school. Drawing on writing samples and interviews, the author identifies a set of interrelated dispositions that contribute to his development of "habitus" as a writer. This article considers…
Descriptors: African American Students, Writing Ability, Personality, Longitudinal Studies
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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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Cramer, Peter; Eisenhart, Christopher – Written Communication, 2014
Readers' objectivity and bias evaluations of news texts were investigated in order to better understand the process by which readers make these kinds of judgments and the evidence on which they base them. Readers were primed to evaluate news texts for objectivity and bias, and their selections and metacommentary were analyzed. Readers detected…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Textbooks
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