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ERIC Number: EJ779584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 37
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Marginal Pedagogy: How Annotated Texts Affect a Writing-from-Sources Task
Wolfe, Joanna
Written Communication, v19 n2 p297-333 2002
Historically, annotations have provided a means for discussing texts and teaching students about reading practices. This study argues that giving students annotated readings can influence their perceptions of the social context of a writing-from-sources task. Over 120 students read variously annotated letters to the editor, wrote response essays, and answered recall and attitude questionnaires. Evaluative annotations influenced students' perceptions of the text: Passages annotated with positive evaluations were rated as more persuasive than identical passages without annotations; passages annotated with negative evaluations were perceived as less persuasive. Students' global attitudes to the issue were unaffected. Evaluative annotations seemed to decrease student writers' reliance on summary and encourage advanced engagement with source materials. However, some annotations appeared to have negative impacts on essays, causing students to include irrelevant information. A hypothesis that the perceived position of the annotator shapes students' conceptions of the rhetorical task is advanced and lent limited support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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