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ERIC Number: EJ960938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Augmenting Literacy: The Role of Expertise in Digital Writing
Van Ittersum, Derek
Composition Studies, v39 n2 p61-77 Fall 2011
This essay presents a model of reflective use of writing technologies, one that provides a means of more fully exploiting the possibilities of these tools for transforming writing activity. Derived from the work of computer designer Douglas Engelbart, the "bootstrapping" model of reflective use extends current arguments in the field regarding the role of technical expertise in writing. Individually, and as a discipline, we can use Engelbart's example as inspiration for assembling unique systems of tools that extend our sense of what is possible in terms of producing and distributing texts. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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