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ERIC Number: ED412980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
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Growing a Culture: Analyzing Computer Communication in the Academy through Genre.
Haas, Mark
In computer-mediated communication, genres are the means through which community is established; it is through genres that students construct their knowledge and express their positions. This paper presents and illustrates an analytical method based on genre and social semiotic theory, which can be used to investigate the development of student interactions during computer-mediated communication. The theoretical framework of the method is located in an ecological model of the classroom. The project site was Illinois State University's Writing Program. The class was viewed as a field where the students' understanding of the reception and production of academic discourse develops dialogically, thus preparing the way for continued writing development as well as academic development. The ecosocial model provided for a test of whether instruction actually resulted in active development or just superficial compliance with academic demands. It is concluded that computer-mediated communication emphasizes the constitutive role of genre, displaying features of a written and spoken continuum, suggesting investigation into a new hybrid discourse. (Contains 13 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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