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Beauvais, Lucie; Favart, Monik; Passerault, Jean-Michel; Beauvais, Caroline – Written Communication, 2014
We investigated changes across grades in the cognitive demands associated with the organizing subprocess of writing. A total of 85 fifth (age M = 10.8), 88 seventh (age M = 12.9), and 79 ninth (age M = 14.6) graders composed either a procedural text or an expository description on a digital tablet, on the basis of a "scrambled ideas"…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 9, Writing Processes
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O'Hallaron, Catherine L. – Written Communication, 2014
This article reports instruction supporting the development of fifth grade English learners' argumentative writing in an English language arts setting. Arguments analyzed for the study were produced by the same students on two occasions, roughly 3 months apart. In the first instance, students discussed the source text in detail, but were given no…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Writing Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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McCarthey, Sarah J.; Woodard, Rebecca; Kang, Grace – Written Communication, 2014
Using Ivanic's (2004) framework, the study of 20 elementary teachers examines the relationships among teachers' beliefs about writing, their instructional practices, and contextual factors. While the district-adopted curriculum reflected specific discourses, teachers' beliefs and practices reflected a combination of discourses. The nature of the…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Swales, John M. – Written Communication, 2014
This is a corpus-based study of a key aspect of academic writing in one discipline (biology) by final-year undergraduates and first-, second-, and third-year graduate students. The papers come from the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers, a freely available electronic database. The principal aim of the study is to examine the extent of…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Academic Discourse, Writing Across the Curriculum
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Aull, Laura L.; Lancaster, Zak – Written Communication, 2014
This article uses corpus methods to examine linguistic expressions of stance in over 4,000 argumentative essays written by incoming first-year university students in comparison with the writing of upper-level undergraduate students and published academics. The findings reveal linguistic stance markers shared across the first-year essays despite…
Descriptors: Essays, Persuasive Discourse, College Freshmen, Undergraduate Students
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Doolan, Stephen M. – Written Communication, 2014
Developmental composition courses serve a sizable and growing number of Generation 1.5 students, or long-term U.S. resident language learners, and it is believed that language challenges may be part of Generation 1.5 writers' difficulty in controlling the academic register. The current study investigates possible similarities and differences…
Descriptors: Writing Difficulties, Student Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Lauer, Claire; McLeod, Michael; Blythe, Stuart – Written Communication, 2013
In this article we propose a "Janus-faced" approach to survey design--an approach that encourages researchers to consider how they can design and implement surveys more effectively using the latest web and database tools. Specifically, this approach encourages researchers to look two ways at once; attending to both the survey interface…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Design, Computer Interfaces, Databases
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Anderson, Kate T. – Written Communication, 2013
Against the backdrop of proliferating research on multimodality in the fields of literacy and writing studies, this article considers the contributions of two prominent theoretical perspectives--Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and Situated Literacies--and the methodological tensions they raise for the study of multimodality. To delineate…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Writing Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Educational Research
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VanDerHeide, Jennifer; Newell, George E. – Written Communication, 2013
We propose "instructional chaining" as an analytic method for capturing and describing key instructional episodes enacted by expert writing teachers to foster the recontextualization over time of the social practices of argumentative writing through process-oriented instructional approaches. The article locates instructional chaining…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
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Dryer, Dylan B. – Written Communication, 2013
This analysis of 83 scoring rubrics and grade definitions from writing programs at U.S. public research universities captures the current state of the struggle to define and measure specific writing traits, and it enables an induction of the underlying theoretical construct of "academic writing" present at these writing programs. Findings suggest…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Tests, Writing Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics
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Luzón, María José – Written Communication, 2013
New media are having a significant impact on science communication, both on the way scientists communicate with peers and on the dissemination of science to the lay public. Science blogs, in particular, provide an open space for science communication, where a diverse audience (with different degrees of expertise) may have access to science…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Information Sources, Science Education, Scientific Research
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Lee, Jihyun – Written Communication, 2013
Based on eighth-grade writing assessment data from the 1998 (N = 20,586) and 2007 (N = 139,900) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), this study examines the relationships among students' writing attitudes, learning-related behaviors, and gender in relation to writing performance. Overall, the effects of attitudes were slightly…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Writing Tests, Data Analysis, Writing Evaluation
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Doolan, Stephen M. – Written Communication, 2013
Recently, scholars have suggested that "second-language writers" are made up of two distinct groups: Generation 1.5 (long-term U.S.-resident language learners) and more traditional L2 students (e.g., international or recently arrived immigrants). To investigate that claim, this study compares the first-year composition writing of…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Freshman Composition, College Freshmen, English (Second Language)
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Shanahan, Lynn E. – Written Communication, 2013
This interpretive case study investigated how a fifth-grade teacher's social practices with visual and linguistic signs positioned her students (10- and 11-year-olds) to take up particular modes as they constructed digital compositions. The context of the study was a suburban public school in the northeastern United States. Analysis was threefold.…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Multimedia Materials
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