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Anderson, Kate T. – Written Communication, 2013
Against the backdrop of proliferating research on multimodality in the fields of literacy and writing studies, this article considers the contributions of two prominent theoretical perspectives--Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and Situated Literacies--and the methodological tensions they raise for the study of multimodality. To delineate…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Writing Instruction, Evaluation Methods, Educational Research
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VanDerHeide, Jennifer; Newell, George E. – Written Communication, 2013
We propose "instructional chaining" as an analytic method for capturing and describing key instructional episodes enacted by expert writing teachers to foster the recontextualization over time of the social practices of argumentative writing through process-oriented instructional approaches. The article locates instructional chaining…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
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Dryer, Dylan B. – Written Communication, 2013
This analysis of 83 scoring rubrics and grade definitions from writing programs at U.S. public research universities captures the current state of the struggle to define and measure specific writing traits, and it enables an induction of the underlying theoretical construct of "academic writing" present at these writing programs. Findings suggest…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Tests, Writing Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics
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Luzón, María José – Written Communication, 2013
New media are having a significant impact on science communication, both on the way scientists communicate with peers and on the dissemination of science to the lay public. Science blogs, in particular, provide an open space for science communication, where a diverse audience (with different degrees of expertise) may have access to science…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Information Sources, Science Education, Scientific Research
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Lee, Jihyun – Written Communication, 2013
Based on eighth-grade writing assessment data from the 1998 (N = 20,586) and 2007 (N = 139,900) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), this study examines the relationships among students' writing attitudes, learning-related behaviors, and gender in relation to writing performance. Overall, the effects of attitudes were slightly…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Writing Tests, Data Analysis, Writing Evaluation
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Doolan, Stephen M. – Written Communication, 2013
Recently, scholars have suggested that "second-language writers" are made up of two distinct groups: Generation 1.5 (long-term U.S.-resident language learners) and more traditional L2 students (e.g., international or recently arrived immigrants). To investigate that claim, this study compares the first-year composition writing of…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Freshman Composition, College Freshmen, English (Second Language)
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Shanahan, Lynn E. – Written Communication, 2013
This interpretive case study investigated how a fifth-grade teacher's social practices with visual and linguistic signs positioned her students (10- and 11-year-olds) to take up particular modes as they constructed digital compositions. The context of the study was a suburban public school in the northeastern United States. Analysis was threefold.…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Multimedia Materials
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Sole, Isabel; Miras, Mariana; Castells, Nuria; Espino, Sandra; Minguela, Marta – Written Communication, 2013
The case study reported here explores the processes involved in producing a written synthesis of three history texts and their possible relation to the characteristics of the texts produced and the degree of comprehension achieved following the task. The processes carried out by 10 final-year compulsory education students (15 and 16 years old) to…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Synthesis, Reading Comprehension, European History
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Uccelli, Paola; Dobbs, Christina L.; Scott, Jessica – Written Communication, 2013
Beyond mechanics and spelling conventions, academic writing requires progressive mastery of advanced language forms and functions. Pedagogically useful tools to assess such language features in adolescents' writing, however, are not yet available. This study examines language predictors of writing quality in 51 persuasive essays produced by high…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, High School Seniors, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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Oddo, John – Written Communication, 2013
As the scope of rhetorical inquiry broadens to cover intersemiotic and intertextual phenomena, scholars are increasingly in need of new, defensible analytic procedures. Several scholars have suggested that methods of discourse analysis could enhance rhetorical criticism. Here, I introduce a discourse-based method that is empirical, delicate, and…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Discourse Analysis, Semiotics, Criticism
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Leijten, Marielle; Van Waes, Luuk – Written Communication, 2013
Keystroke logging has become instrumental in identifying writing strategies and understanding cognitive processes. Recent technological advances have refined logging efficiency and analytical outputs. While keystroke logging allows for ecological data collection, it is often difficult to connect the fine grain of logging data to the underlying…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Cognitive Processes, Writing Strategies, Data Collection
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Ross, Derek G. – Written Communication, 2013
Common topics are words or phrases used to develop argument, and commonplaces aid memory or catalyze frames of understanding. When used in argumentation, each may help interested parties more effectively communicate valuable scientific and environment-related information. This article describes 12 modern topics of environmental rhetoric,…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse, Environment, Interviews
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Walsh, Lynda – Written Communication, 2013
Writing scholars interested in stakeholder attitudes need ways to reconstruct them from archives because (a) interview/survey studies are not always feasible (particularly in historical work) and (b) the question/answer format of these studies may exclude key attitudes that emerge in unprompted expressions of opinion. Accordingly, this article…
Descriptors: Resistance (Psychology), Animals, Wildlife, Archives
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Olive, Thierry; Passerault, Jean-Michel – Written Communication, 2012
The authors suggest that writing should be conceived of not only as a verbal activity but also as a visuospatial activity, in which writers process and construct visuospatial mental representations. After briefly describing research on visuospatial cognition, they look at how cognitive researchers have investigated the visuospatial dimension of…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Cognitive Processes, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes
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