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ERIC Number: ED113747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 165
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The Effect of Rhetorical Training in Visual Literacy on the Writing Skills of College Freshmen.
Gozemba, Patricia Andrea
This study undertook an examination of how specific rhetorical training in visual literacy would improve the ability of college freshmen to clearly state a thesis, to carefully shape an argument, to deliberately substantiate the argument with examples, and to skillfully express ideas with appropriately varied sentence structure. The hypotheses were that the study of formal features in visual media would supplement prior study of form in writing and that the bi-modal awareness of the common set of underlying features of rhetorical form would lead to heightened ability to recognize and manipulate form in both writing and visuals. Students in six sections of freshman composition initially wrote both a critical and an expository essay which were rated holistically by two readers each. The data collected in this study indicated that English teachers can optimistically look to training in visual literacy as a way not only of teaching important visual analysis but also of developing a bi-modal awareness that will improve writing skills. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Boston University School of Education