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Writing And The World Of Work: An Integrative Learning Community Model At A Two-Year Institution, Michael J. Stebleton, Nicholas Nownes 2011 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Writing And The World Of Work: An Integrative Learning Community Model At A Two-Year Institution, Michael J. Stebleton, Nicholas Nownes

Michael J. Stebleton

Learning community (LC) programs continue to proliferate across college campuses as a strategy to engage and retain students. Although evidence exists to suggest increased levels of social engagement among LC participants, there is an ongoing debate about the impact on student academic engagement and intellectual development. This article describes a learning community effort at a community college between an English composition faculty member and a faculty counselor who teaches a life-career planning course. A primary objective of this collaboration was to promote deeper student integrative learning. Students in the LC engaged in the process through writing, reflection, and self-assessment based ...


Respecting Language As Part Of Ethnicity: Title Vii And Language Discrimination At Work, Carlo A. Pedrioli 2011 American Bar Foundation

Respecting Language As Part Of Ethnicity: Title Vii And Language Discrimination At Work, Carlo A. Pedrioli

Carlo A. Pedrioli

This article argues that, in the absence of a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason or a business necessity, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act can protect employees from language-based discrimination in the workplace. Language is a part of one’s ethnicity, which refers to one’s culture. Ethnicity, much as race already does, should receive protection under Title VII. Plaintiffs, however, have the burden of proof in litigation, and so a plaintiff who sues under a discrimination theory should have to make his or her case to the appropriate fact-finder.

Drawing upon the insights of critical theory, particularly to explore ...


The Rhetoric Of Sacrifice, James Watts 2011 Syracuse University

The Rhetoric Of Sacrifice, James Watts

Religion

No abstract provided.


Healing The Cartesian Split: Understanding And Renewing Pathos In Academic Writing, Travis Washburn 2011 Brigham Young University - Provo

Healing The Cartesian Split: Understanding And Renewing Pathos In Academic Writing, Travis Washburn

Library Research Grants

No abstract provided.


Preparing Writing Centers And Tutors For Literacy Mediation For Working Class Campus-Staff, Christy M. Oslund 2011 Michigan Technological University

Preparing Writing Centers And Tutors For Literacy Mediation For Working Class Campus-Staff, Christy M. Oslund

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

Writing centers work with writers; traditionally services have been focused on undergraduates taking composition classes. More recently, centers have started to attract a wider client base including: students taking labs that require writing; graduate students; and ESL students learning the conventions of U.S. communication. There are very few centers, however, which identify themselves as open to working with all members of the campus-community. Michigan Technological University has one such center.

In the Michigan Tech writing center, doors are open to “all students, faculty and staff.” While graduate students, post docs, and professors preparing articles for publication have used the ...


Uncovering Poiesis : The Role Of Production In Technical Communication, Work, And Public Life, Thomas E. Vosecky 2011 Michigan Technological University

Uncovering Poiesis : The Role Of Production In Technical Communication, Work, And Public Life, Thomas E. Vosecky

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

This dissertation is a report on a collaborative project between the Computer Science and the Humanities Departments to develop case studies that focus on issues of communication in the workplace, and the results of their use in the classroom. My argument is that case study teaching simulates real-world experience in a meaningful way, essentially developing a teachable way of developing phronesis, the reasoned capacity to act for the good in public.

In addition, it can be read as a "how-to" guide for educators who may wish to construct their own case studies. To that end, I have included a discussion ...


"Army Of One" To "Army Strong" : Visual Media And U.S. Army Recruitment During Bush"S "War On Terror", Shawn Paul Apostel 2011 Michigan Technological University

"Army Of One" To "Army Strong" : Visual Media And U.S. Army Recruitment During Bush"S "War On Terror", Shawn Paul Apostel

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

From Bush’s September 20, 2001 “War on Terror” speech to Congress to President-Elect Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on November 4, 2008, the U.S. Army produced visual recruitment material that addressed the concerns of falling enlistment numbers—due to the prolonged and difficult war in Iraq—with quickly-evolving and compelling rhetorical appeals: from the introduction of an “Army of One” (2001) to “Army Strong” (2006); from messages focused on education and individual identity to high-energy adventure and simulated combat scenarios, distributed through everything from printed posters and music videos to first-person tactical-shooter video games. These highly polished, professional ...


Adapting Health-Risk Communication To The Specific Cultural Contexts Of Diverse Populations : An Assessment Of Malaria-Treatment Programs In Liberia, Nathaniel Galarea Gbessagee 2011 Michigan Technological University

Adapting Health-Risk Communication To The Specific Cultural Contexts Of Diverse Populations : An Assessment Of Malaria-Treatment Programs In Liberia, Nathaniel Galarea Gbessagee

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

Drawing on theories of technical communication, rhetoric, literacy, language and culture, and medical anthropology, this dissertation explores how local culture and traditions can be incorporated into health-risk-communication-program design and implementation, including the design and dissemination of health-risk messages. In a modern world with increasing global economic partnerships, mounting health and environmental risks, and cross-cultural collaborations, those who interact with people of different cultures have “a moral obligation to take those cultures seriously, including their social organization and values” (Hahn and Inhorn 10). Paradoxically, at the same time as we must carefully adapt health, safety, and environmental-risk messages to diverse cultures ...


Portfolios And Pedagogy : An Examination Of Ideology And Use, Heather Lynn Hoffman Jordan 2011 Michigan Technological University

Portfolios And Pedagogy : An Examination Of Ideology And Use, Heather Lynn Hoffman Jordan

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

Portfolio use in writing studies contexts is becoming ubiquitous and, as such, portfolios are in danger of being rendered meaningless and thus require that we more fully theorize and historicize portfolios. To this end, I examine portfolios: both the standardized portfolio used for assessment purposes and the personalized portfolio used for entering the job market. I take a critical look at portfolios as a form of technology and acknowledge some of the dangers of blindly using portfolios for gaining employment in the current economic structure of fast capitalism. As educators in the writing studies fields, it is paramount that instructors ...


Place For Video Games : A Theoretical And Pedagogical Framework For Multiliteracies Learning In English Studies, Ethan T. Jordan 2011 Michigan Technological University

Place For Video Games : A Theoretical And Pedagogical Framework For Multiliteracies Learning In English Studies, Ethan T. Jordan

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

Students are now involved in a vastly different textual landscape than many English scholars, one that relies on the “reading” and interpretation of multiple channels of simultaneous information. As a response to these new kinds of literate practices, my dissertation adds to the growing body of research on multimodal literacies, narratology in new media, and rhetoric through an examination of the place of video games in English teaching and research. I describe in this dissertation a hybridized theoretical basis for incorporating video games in English classrooms. This framework for textual analysis includes elements from narrative theory in literary study, rhetorical ...


Analysis Of The Making Our Mark Project, Shaughn Kern 2011 Michigan Technological University

Analysis Of The Making Our Mark Project, Shaughn Kern

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

No abstract provided.


Locating American Indian Sciences : A Report On The Development, Use, And Analysis Of A Survey Of Perceptions, John Eric Holmlund 2011 Michigan Technological University

Locating American Indian Sciences : A Report On The Development, Use, And Analysis Of A Survey Of Perceptions, John Eric Holmlund

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

All students in the United States of America are required to take science. But what if there is not a science, but in fact a number of sciences? Could every culture, perhaps every different grouping of people, create its own science? This report describes a preliminary survey, the goal of which is to improve the teaching of science at American Indian Opportunities and Industrialization Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota by beginning to understand the differences between Western and American Indian sciences.


Studying Students' Opinions : Using Surveys In Writing Program Assessment, Lucus A. Palosaari 2011 Michigan Technological University

Studying Students' Opinions : Using Surveys In Writing Program Assessment, Lucus A. Palosaari

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

Administrators of writing programs are regularly faced with the problem of assessing the learning that students gain in their coursework. Many methods of assessment exist, but most have some problems associated with them related to the amount of time it takes to perform the study or the scope of the knowledge gained relative to number of participants or volume of information collected. This pilot study investigates the use of surveys of student opinion for their potential to assess composition instruction at Michigan Technological University. The primary goal of this pilot study is to test the effectiveness of using data collected ...


The Elephants Evaluate: Some Notes On The Problem Of Grades In Graduate Creative Writing Programs, Rachel Peckham 2011 Marshall University

The Elephants Evaluate: Some Notes On The Problem Of Grades In Graduate Creative Writing Programs, Rachel Peckham

English Faculty Research

This article takes up the "special strangeness" of grading practices in the graduate creative writing workshop, based on the author's research, personal experience, and interviews with the faculty of her doctoral creative writing program. Using a structure of notes, the author attempts to make sense of the way grades are understood by both teacher and student at the post-secondary level. First, she considers why the formal evaluation of creative writing continues to be defined by a system of grades, despite the perceived failure of grades to represent the value of such work, and despite educators' historic and ongoing attempts ...


The Bridge, Volume 8, 2011, Bridgewater State University 2011 Bridgewater State University

The Bridge, Volume 8, 2011, Bridgewater State University

the bridge

Volume 8 Staff

Stephen Plummer, Editor-in-Chief
Josh Savory, Editor-in-Chief
Maggie Bouchard
Kate Camerlin
Liz Childs
Evan Dardano
Alexandrea Matthews
Kit McFarland
Alex Pawling
Matt Scott
Craig Sirois

Melanie McNaughton, Faculty Advisor
John Mulrooney, Faculty Advisor
Linda Hall, Alumni Consultant
Jillian Moore, Student Consultant
Courtney Parece, Student Consultant


Attending To Local And Diverse Communities: Toward A Theological Learning Community For A Missional Era, Patricia Taylor Ellison, Patrick R. Keifert 2011 Luther Seminary

Attending To Local And Diverse Communities: Toward A Theological Learning Community For A Missional Era, Patricia Taylor Ellison, Patrick R. Keifert

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Crossing Literate Worlds Exploring How Students With Rich Identities As Writers Negotiate Multiple Writing Contexts, Autumn Phelps Shrum 2011 University of Central Florida

Crossing Literate Worlds Exploring How Students With Rich Identities As Writers Negotiate Multiple Writing Contexts, Autumn Phelps Shrum

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated the literate identities of college students who engage in various school and non-school writing practices simultaneously. In case studies of three student writers, the researcher seeks to explore how the discourse community roles, selfperceptions, negotiation of multiple writing processes and development of authority impacted the students’ identities as writers. Triangulated research methods included weekly interviews with the student participants, observation of the students in their writing classrooms and analysis of the students’ school and non-school texts over one semester. Students experienced several conflicts and synergies between contexts. Main findings indicated that writing across many academic and extra-academic ...


Writing With The Grain: A Multitextual Analysis Of Kaidan Botandoro, William D. Wood 2011 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Writing With The Grain: A Multitextual Analysis Of Kaidan Botandoro, William D. Wood

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

As a text Botandōrō demonstrates bibliographic codes that straddle the border between modern and pre-modern literature. Wakabayashi would present his work as the fruit of his technique of ‘photographing language’ that, by extension, would provide closer and more direct access to the interiority of “author.” In his prologue he presented his shorthand method as a technique that would come to represent the new standard of modern writing. As they created a new system for transcribing language, stenographers were wrestling with the philosophical nature and limitations of language in spoken and written form, and their discoveries and accomplishments would provide a ...


Jane Addams: Spirit In Action By Louise W. Knight, Mari Boor Tonn 2011 University of Richmond

Jane Addams: Spirit In Action By Louise W. Knight, Mari Boor Tonn

Rhetoric and Communication Studies Faculty Publications

The common temptation to perceive greatness as imprinted at birth, however, is skillfully disabused in Louise Knight’s meticulous, insightful,and often poignant biography, Jane Addams: Spirit in Action, which traces the complicated odyssey of a well-heeled idealist—initially conflicted by her material privilege, disappointed by gender-codes confining her ambitions, and haunted by familial ghosts and duties—into the pantheon of U.S. political idols. Of particular interest to rhetorical scholars, Knight weaves into Addams’s arresting tale her early baptism into public speaking, writings that shaped her expression in public forums, rhetorical strategies she employed, and platform failures as ...


Thesis Group Activity, Margaret T. Cain 2011 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Thesis Group Activity, Margaret T. Cain

Writing Bootcamp Unit



This is not an introduction to the thesis statement, but serves well as a second or reinforcing lesson. This activity asks students to practice, in the comfort of a group, drawing out and expressing complete, coherent statements from an essay. These statements will be in four areas of criticism: intention, tone, world view and skill; the teams of students will shape these statements into theses. This activity requires one entire class of at least 60 minutes.


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