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Baaijen, Veerle M.; Galbraith, David; de Glopper, Kees – Written Communication, 2012
Although keystroke logging promises to provide a valuable tool for writing research, it can often be difficult to relate logs to underlying processes. This article describes the procedures and measures that the authors developed to analyze a sample of 80 keystroke logs, with a view to achieving a better alignment between keystroke-logging measures…
Descriptors: Sentences, Text Structure, Factor Analysis, Classification
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de Milliano, Ilona; van Gelderen, Amos; Sleegers, Peter – Written Communication, 2012
This study examines the relationship between patterns of cognitive self-regulatory activities and the quality of texts produced by adolescent struggling writers (N = 51). A think-aloud study was conducted involving analyses of self-regulatory activities concerning planning, formulating, monitoring, revising, and evaluating. The study shows that…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Protocol Analysis, Writing Processes, Foreign Countries
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Connelly, Vincent; Dockrell, Julie E.; Walter, Kirsty; Critten, Sarah – Written Communication, 2012
Writers typically produce their writing in bursts. In this article, the authors examine written language bursts in a sample of 33 children aged 11 years with specific language impairment. Comparisons of the children with specific language impairment with an age-matched group of typically developing children (n = 33) and a group of younger,…
Descriptors: Spelling, Handwriting, Written Language, Oral Language
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Schryer, Catherine; McDougall, Allan; Tait, Glendon R.; Lingard, Lorelei – Written Communication, 2012
This article investigates an emerging practice in palliative care: dignity therapy. Dignity therapy is a psychotherapeutic intervention that its proponents assert has clinically significant positive impacts on dying patients. Dignity therapy consists of a physician asking a patient a set of questions about his or her life and returning to the…
Descriptors: Hospitals, Death, Patients, Ecology
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Negretti, Raffaella – Written Communication, 2012
This article proposes a novel approach to the investigation of student academic writing. It applies theories of metacognition and self-regulated learning to understand how beginning academic writers develop the ability to participate in the communicative practices of academic written communication and develop rhetorical consciousness. The study…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Constructivism (Learning), Writing (Composition), Student Attitudes
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Harwood, Nigel; Petric, Bojana – Written Communication, 2012
This article reports the results of an interview-based study which investigated the citation behavior in the assignment writing of two second-language postgraduate business management students, Sofie and Tara. Discourse-based interviews were used to elicit the students' own perspectives on their citation behavior in two of their assignments.…
Descriptors: Citations (References), Student Behavior, Graduate Students, Writing Assignments
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Olsson, Anna; Sheridan, Vera – Written Communication, 2012
This empirical study surveyed academic staff at a Swedish university about their experiences and perceptions of the use of English in their academic fields. The objective was to examine how the influence of English in disciplinary domains might affect the viability of Swedish in the academic sphere and to investigate how it might disadvantage…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Content Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Bremner, Stephen – Written Communication, 2012
This article tracks the socialization of a Chinese intern into a Hong Kong PR company and considers the factors that enabled her to move toward acquiring the discourse of the profession. Taking a case study approach, the research is based on a detailed daily journal written by the intern during her internship, and two interviews. Over the 3-month…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internship Programs, Socialization, Organizational Culture
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Wolfe, Christopher R. – Written Communication, 2012
Three studies examined the "myside bias" in reasoning, evaluating written arguments, and writing argumentative essays. Previous research suggests that some people possess a fact-based argumentation schema and some people have a balanced argumentation schema. I developed reliable Likert scale instruments (1-7 rating) for these constructs…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Essays, Individual Differences, Bias
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Hanauer, David I.; Englander, Karen – Written Communication, 2011
This article provides quantitative data to establish the relative, perceived burden of writing research articles in English as a second language. Previous qualitative research has shown that scientists writing English in a second language face difficulties but has not established parameters for the degree of this difficulty. A total of 141…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Statistical Analysis, Writing Research, Writing Processes
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Cushman, Ellen – Written Communication, 2011
Informally recognized by the tribal council in 1821, the 86-character Cherokee writing system invented by Sequoyah was learned in manuscript form and became widely used by the Cherokee within the span of a few years. In 1827, Samuel Worcester standardized the arrangement of characters and print designs in ways that differed from Sequoyah's…
Descriptors: Evidence, Written Language, Linguistics, Personality
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Kuhi, Davud; Behnam, Biook – Written Communication, 2011
Thanks to the recent developments in the theory of academic discourse analysis, it is now increasingly accepted that negotiation of academic knowledge is intimately related to the social practices of academic communities. To underpin this position and to reveal some of the ways this is achieved, this article analyzes a relatively wide spectrum of…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Academic Discourse, Discourse Analysis, Comparative Analysis
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Schryer, Catherine F.; Bell, Stephanie; Mian, Marcellina; Spafford, Marlee M.; Lingard, Lorelei – Written Communication, 2011
Using rhetorical genre theory and research on reported speech, this study investigates the citation practices in 81 forensic letters written by paediatricians and nurse practitioners that provide their opinion for the courts as to whether a child has experienced maltreatment. These letters exist in a complex social situation where a lack of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Child Abuse, Written Language, Physicians
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Wolfe, Christopher R. – Written Communication, 2011
This study explores how different kinds of arguments are situated in academic contexts and provides an analysis of undergraduate writing assignments. Assignments were collected from the schools of business, education, engineering, fine arts, and interdisciplinary studies as well as the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in the…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Persuasive Discourse, Fine Arts, Social Sciences
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Reiff, Mary Jo; Bawarshi, Anis – Written Communication, 2011
While longitudinal research within the field of writing studies has contributed to our understanding of postsecondary students' writing development, there has been less attention given to the discursive resources students bring with them into writing classrooms and how they make use of these resources in first-year composition courses. This…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Writing Instruction, Longitudinal Studies, Postsecondary Education
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