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Sole, Isabel; Miras, Mariana; Castells, Nuria; Espino, Sandra; Minguela, Marta – Written Communication, 2013
The case study reported here explores the processes involved in producing a written synthesis of three history texts and their possible relation to the characteristics of the texts produced and the degree of comprehension achieved following the task. The processes carried out by 10 final-year compulsory education students (15 and 16 years old) to…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Synthesis, Reading Comprehension, European History
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Uccelli, Paola; Dobbs, Christina L.; Scott, Jessica – Written Communication, 2013
Beyond mechanics and spelling conventions, academic writing requires progressive mastery of advanced language forms and functions. Pedagogically useful tools to assess such language features in adolescents' writing, however, are not yet available. This study examines language predictors of writing quality in 51 persuasive essays produced by high…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, High School Seniors, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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Oddo, John – Written Communication, 2013
As the scope of rhetorical inquiry broadens to cover intersemiotic and intertextual phenomena, scholars are increasingly in need of new, defensible analytic procedures. Several scholars have suggested that methods of discourse analysis could enhance rhetorical criticism. Here, I introduce a discourse-based method that is empirical, delicate, and…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Discourse Analysis, Semiotics, Criticism
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Leijten, Marielle; Van Waes, Luuk – Written Communication, 2013
Keystroke logging has become instrumental in identifying writing strategies and understanding cognitive processes. Recent technological advances have refined logging efficiency and analytical outputs. While keystroke logging allows for ecological data collection, it is often difficult to connect the fine grain of logging data to the underlying…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Cognitive Processes, Writing Strategies, Data Collection
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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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Walsh, Lynda – Written Communication, 2013
Writing scholars interested in stakeholder attitudes need ways to reconstruct them from archives because (a) interview/survey studies are not always feasible (particularly in historical work) and (b) the question/answer format of these studies may exclude key attitudes that emerge in unprompted expressions of opinion. Accordingly, this article…
Descriptors: Resistance (Psychology), Animals, Wildlife, Archives
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Olive, Thierry; Passerault, Jean-Michel – Written Communication, 2012
The authors suggest that writing should be conceived of not only as a verbal activity but also as a visuospatial activity, in which writers process and construct visuospatial mental representations. After briefly describing research on visuospatial cognition, they look at how cognitive researchers have investigated the visuospatial dimension of…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Cognitive Processes, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes
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De La Paz, Susan; Ferretti, Ralph; Wissinger, Daniel; Yee, Laura; MacArthur, Charles – Written Communication, 2012
This study considers how adolescents compose historical arguments, and it identifies theoretically grounded predictors of the quality of their essays. Using data from a larger study on the effects of a federally funded Teaching American History grant on student learning, we analyzed students' written responses to document-based questions at the…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Writing Skills, Persuasive Discourse, Evidence
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Fartoukh, Michael; Chanquoy, Lucile; Piolat, Annie – Written Communication, 2012
The aim of this study was to analyze the consequences of emotion during narrative writing in accordance with Hayes's model. In this model, motivation and affect have an important role during the writing process. Moreover, according to the emotion-cognition literature, emotions are thought to create interferences in working memory, resulting in an…
Descriptors: Children, Writing Processes, Psychological Patterns, Context Effect
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Hayes, John R. – Written Communication, 2012
In Section 1 of this article, the author discusses the succession of models of adult writing that he and his colleagues have proposed from 1980 to the present. He notes the most important changes that differentiate earlier and later models and discusses reasons for the changes. In Section 2, he describes his recent efforts to model young…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Models, Writing Processes, Adult Education
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Watts, Julie; Burnett, Rebecca E. – Written Communication, 2012
Writing performance of a complex recommendation report produced by student teams for an actual client during a 15-week semester was compared in a writing-intensive Agronomy 356 course and in paired Agronomy 356/English 309 courses. The longitudinal study investigated differences that existed between reports produced for each learning environment…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Agronomy, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Davila, Bethany – Written Communication, 2012
This article explores the indexicality (the ideological process that links language and identity) of "standard" edited American English and the ideologies (specifically, standard language ideology and Whiteness) that work to create and justify common patterns that associate privileged White students with written standardness and that disassociate…
Descriptors: Ideology, North American English, White Students, Correlation
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Tachino, Tosh – Written Communication, 2012
Recent scholarship in genre studies has extended its focus from studying single genres to multiple genres, as well as how these genres interact with one another. This essay seeks to contribute to this growing scholarship by adding a new concept, "intermediary genre". That is, a genre that facilitates the "uptake" of a genre by…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Literary Genres, Scholarship, Scientific Research
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Quinlan, Thomas; Loncke, Maaike; Leijten, Marielle; Van Waes, Luuk – Written Communication, 2012
Moment to moment, a writer faces a host of potential problems. How does the writer's mind coordinate this problem solving? In the original Hayes and Flower model, the authors posited a distinct process to manage this coordinating--that is, the "monitor." The monitor became responsible for executive function in writing. In two…
Descriptors: Sentences, Editing, Short Term Memory, Cognitive Processes
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Baaijen, Veerle M.; Galbraith, David; de Glopper, Kees – Written Communication, 2012
Although keystroke logging promises to provide a valuable tool for writing research, it can often be difficult to relate logs to underlying processes. This article describes the procedures and measures that the authors developed to analyze a sample of 80 keystroke logs, with a view to achieving a better alignment between keystroke-logging measures…
Descriptors: Sentences, Text Structure, Factor Analysis, Classification
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