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Olsen, Allison Wynhoff; VanDerHeide, Jennifer; Goff, Brenton; Dunn, Mandie B. – Written Communication, 2018
Writing studies scholarship has long understood the need for context-based studies of student writing. Few studies, however, have closely examined how students use intertextual relationships in the context of learning to compose argumentative essays. Drawing on a 17-day argumentative writing unit in a ninth-grade humanities classroom, this article…
Descriptors: Written Language, Essays, Persuasive Discourse, Grade 9
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Lammers, Jayne C.; Marsh, Valerie L. – Written Communication, 2018
This article reconsiders theoretical claims of identity fluidity, stability, and agency through a longitudinal case study investigating one adolescent's writing over time and across spaces. Qualitative data spanning her four years of high school were collected and analyzed using a grounded theory approach with literacy-and-identity theory…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies, Adolescents, Writing (Composition)
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Zabihi, Reza – Written Communication, 2018
This study investigates the direct and/or indirect effects of some cognitive (working memory capacity) and affective (writing anxiety and writing self-efficacy) variables on the complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) of second language (L2) learners' writings. To achieve this goal, 232 upper-intermediate English learners performed an automated…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Writing Achievement, Writing Tests, Cognitive Ability
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Walsh, Lynda – Written Communication, 2018
This report details the second phase of an ongoing research project investigating the visual invention and composition processes of scientific researchers. In this phase, four academic researchers completed think-aloud protocols as they composed graphics for research presentations; they also answered follow-up questions about their visual…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Scientific Research, Visualization, Values
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Wolfe, Christopher R.; Gao, Hongli; Wu, Minhua; Albrecht, Michael – Written Communication, 2018
Argumentation schema theory guided four experiments on the processing of plausible and implausible reasons and warrant statements testing the hypothesis that most reasons produce greater agreement with claims than when claims are presented without support. Another hypothesis was that leaving warrants unstated often produces greater agreement than…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Hypothesis Testing, Majors (Students)
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Leong, Alvin Ping; Toh, Audrey Lin Lin; Chin, Soo Fun – Written Communication, 2018
While scholars in the field of writing studies have examined scientific writing from multiple perspectives, interest in its thematic structure has been modest. Recent studies suggest that the themes in scientific writing tend to be anchored on one or a few points of departure. There has also been an attempt at quantification using the…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Journal Articles, Biology, Scientific and Technical Information
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Imbrenda, Jon-Philip – Written Communication, 2018
In this study, I present a qualitative analysis of 11 writing portfolios drawn from a yearlong instructional program designed to apprentice students into the practices of argumentative writing typical of early-college coursework in the United States. The students' formal and informal writings were parsed into utterances and coded along two…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Portfolios (Background Materials), Persuasive Discourse, Writing Assignments
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Ching, Kory Lawson – Written Communication, 2018
This study examines the experiences and perceptions of writers who composed text using "distraction-free" writing tools that stand as alternatives to standard word processing programs. The purpose of this research was to develop a clearer understanding of how digital writing tools may shape the activities and practices of writers, as…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Processes, Writing Instruction, Word Processing
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Clayson, Ashley – Written Communication, 2018
Through a study of collaborative writing at a student advocacy nonprofit, this article explores how writers distribute their text planning across tools, artifacts, and gestures, with a particular focus on how embodied representations of texts are present in text planning. Findings indicate that these and other representations generated by the…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Work Environment, Advocacy, Nonprofit Organizations
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Geisler, Cheryl – Written Communication, 2018
Coding, the analytic task of assigning codes to nonnumeric data, is foundational to writing research. A rich discussion of methodological pluralism has established the foundational importance of systematicity in the task of coding, but less attention has been paid to the equally important commitment to language complexity. Addressing the interplay…
Descriptors: Coding, Writing Research, Spreadsheets, Computer Software
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Blikstad-Balas, Marte; Roe, Astrid; Klette, Kirsti – Written Communication, 2018
Research suggests that student development as writers requires a supportive environment in which they receive sustained opportunities to write. However, writing researchers in general know relatively little about the actual writing opportunities embedded in students' language arts lessons and how students' production of texts in class is framed.…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Language Arts, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Smith, Blaine E. – Written Communication, 2018
This study examined adolescents' perspectives on their multimodal composing goals and designs when creating digital projects in the context of an English Language Arts class. Sociocultural and social semiotics theoretical frameworks were integrated to understand six 12th grade students' viewpoints when composing three multimodal products--a…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, English Instruction, Language Arts
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Spinuzzi, Clay; Altounian, David; Pogue, Gregory; Cochran, Robert; Zhu, Lily – Written Communication, 2018
In this qualitative study, the authors apply Callon's sociology of translation to examine how new technology entrepreneurs enact material arguments that involve the first two moments of translation--problematization (defining a market problem) and interessement (defining a market and the firm's relationship to it)--which in turn are represented in…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business, Sociology
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Harwood, Nigel – Written Communication, 2018
There has been much interest recently in researching the changes editors, supervisors, and other language brokers make to the writing of L2 researchers who are attempting to publish in English. However, studies focused on the presubmission proofreading of students' university essays are rarer. In this study of student proofreading, 14 UK…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Writing (Composition)
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de Smet, Milou J. R.; Leijten, Mariëlle; Van Waes, Luuk – Written Communication, 2018
This study aims to explore the process of reading during writing. More specifically, it investigates whether a combination of keystroke logging data and eye tracking data yields a better understanding of cognitive processes underlying fluent and nonfluent text production. First, a technical procedure describes how writing process data from the…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Processes, Writing Processes, Eye Movements
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