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Contradictions Regarding Teaching And Writing (Or Writing To Learn) In The Disciplines: What We Have Learned In The Usa, David R. Russell May 2019

Contradictions Regarding Teaching And Writing (Or Writing To Learn) In The Disciplines: What We Have Learned In The Usa, David R. Russell

David Russell

This article describes a tradition of Anglophone North American higher education (HE) research concerning the role of writing in learning and development. The research tradition is associated with a forty-year-old education reform movement called Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) or Writing in the Disciplines (WID). The movement encourages teachers in different disciplines to become interested in their students’ writing and to improve their writing and their disciplinary education (formation) through writing. The research on WAC/WID uses methods familiar in educational research (and to a lesser extent applied linguistics) to understand the roles writing plays in disciplinary work and disciplinary ...


Genre, Media, And Communicating To Learn In The Disciplines: Vygotsky Developmental Theory And North American Genre Theory, David R. Russell, Patricia Harms May 2019

Genre, Media, And Communicating To Learn In The Disciplines: Vygotsky Developmental Theory And North American Genre Theory, David R. Russell, Patricia Harms

David Russell

What is the relationship between medium and genre in learning and development? North American genre theory suggests following Miller (1984, 1994) that genre is social action. Genres evoke expectations, direct attention, guide action and suggest ‘what motives we may have.’ Yet the relationship between media and genres, as Miller suggested at SIGET IV (1997), is complex. The blog, for example, quickly evolved from being one genre to many genres and, today, might be said to be a medium more than a genre. Bazerman at SIGET IV (2007) argued, following Vygotsky (1997), that genres −particularly written genres− ‘provide highly differentiated, scaffolded ...


Attending To Phenomenology: Rethinking Cognition And Reflection In North American Writing Studies, Dylan B. Dryer, David R. Russell May 2019

Attending To Phenomenology: Rethinking Cognition And Reflection In North American Writing Studies, Dylan B. Dryer, David R. Russell

David Russell

As detailed elsewhere in this collection (esp. Bazerman; Carillo; Talbot), when North American Writing Studies of higher education and workplaces (henceforth, NAWS) turned to European continental philosophies, it turned away from information-processing (IP) cognitive theories. Those theories were early casualties of this “social-turn” (e.g., Bartholomae, 1985; Bizzell, 1982; Brand, 1987); today, NAWS seems somewhat squeamish about the fact that the brain is an organ with a broadly generalizable structure, predictable development, capacity constraints, operating costs, and so on. Yet cognitive research is a dynamic and thriving field that does not much resemble the after-image that persists in NAWS. Some ...


Modern Chinese Essays: Zhou Zuoren, Lin Yutang And Others, Tonglu Li Apr 2019

Modern Chinese Essays: Zhou Zuoren, Lin Yutang And Others, Tonglu Li

Tonglu Li (李同路)

Modern essay, or creative nonfiction prose, whose success almost surpasses that of poetry, theater and fiction,1 was born out of the marriage of traditional Chinese and Western culture.2 On a superficial level, it distinguishes itself from traditional essay by using vernacular instead of classical or literary Chinese, and thus is more accessible to the masses. In terms of genre, it is narrower in scope than traditional essay which includes all non-verse writings, literary or not. More importantly, as Yu Dafu points out, modern essay values the expression of individuality and personality more than any other writings.3 By ...


New Humanism, Tonglu Li Apr 2019

New Humanism, Tonglu Li

Tonglu Li (李同路)

Originally proposed by Irving Babbitt and Elmer More, and inspired by Buddhist and Confucian philosophies, New Humanism opposed the moral decline fostered by relativist and determinist beliefs and by an increasingly materialistic American society during the early twentieth century. Brought back to China and transformed by Chinese scholars who had studied with Babbitt, New Humanism became a counternarrative to the May Fourth Movement, to Marxism, and to radicalism in general. This essay delineates the roles New Humanism played in China, its internal contradictions, and its intricate relationship with hegemonic discourses by examining the literary practices of three New Humanists who ...


La Superposición De Mapas Cognitivos En La ‘Historia Del Cautivo:’ El Espacio Discursivo En La Convivencia De Culturas, Julia Domínguez Feb 2019

La Superposición De Mapas Cognitivos En La ‘Historia Del Cautivo:’ El Espacio Discursivo En La Convivencia De Culturas, Julia Domínguez

Julia Domínguez

En mi estudio analizare la representacion del espacio en el discurso de Ruy Perez de Viedma, el cautivo que en la primera parte de El Quijote acompanado de Zoraida llega a la venta de Juan palomeque y relata a peticion de los presentes los momentos mas importantes de su vida como soldado durante los ultimos veinte anos, especialmente su cautiverio en Argel. Desde las montanas de Leon, dejando atras a su padre y hermanos, el cautivo recorre un largo camino pasando por Alicante, Genova, Milan, Flandes, Napoles y otros puntos importantes del Mediterraneo y la costa norte de Africa. En ...


Review: Released Letters. Captivity, Writing And Subjectivity In The Mediterranean Of The Spanish Imperial Era By Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Julia Domínguez Jan 2019

Review: Released Letters. Captivity, Writing And Subjectivity In The Mediterranean Of The Spanish Imperial Era By Ana Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Julia Domínguez

Julia Domínguez

Letras liberadas is a complementary work, easy to read, for all those interested in the Spanish-Muslim confrontation in the western Mediterranean since the late sixteenth century and throughout the seventeenth century. The book is of special interest for text scholars who recreate the experiences of Spanish men and women, direct victims of that conflict, who were turned into captives and transferred to Muslim territory, specifically to Algiers and Constantinople. The author makes clear from the beginning that she does not intend to reconstruct with her analysis the history of Spanish captivity, but to analyze the textual representation product of that ...


Cervantes In Perspective, Julia Domínguez Jan 2019

Cervantes In Perspective, Julia Domínguez

Julia Domínguez

Cervantes in Perspective brings together original essays on Miguel de Cervantes´s life and literature written by nine significant Cervantes scholars. Readers and scholars of Early Modern Spanish literature will find a discussion of current theories of fiction, the latest analyses of individual texts, new comparative approaches to Cervantes, and unique studies on the impact of Cervantine fiction on both early modern Spain and contemporary U.S. culture. Cervantes in Perspective also marks the first time that recent scholarly approaches emerging from the annual Chicago Cervantes Symposium have been published


Podcast: Strategies For Developing Dnp Students’ Writing Skills Dec 2018

Podcast: Strategies For Developing Dnp Students’ Writing Skills

Michelle DeCoux Hampton

No abstract provided.


Hand Annotation And Reliability: Corpus Linguistic Approaches To Teaching And Studying Writing, Brian Larson Mar 2018

Hand Annotation And Reliability: Corpus Linguistic Approaches To Teaching And Studying Writing, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

If I say “He’s an eligible BLANK,” you’re likely to complete the sentence with “bachelor.” The fact that “eligible” and “bachelor” often appear together--in corpus-linguistic terms, they are collocated--tells us something about the meaning of “bachelor” that is not in its dictionary definition and related social values (e.g., gendered ones, in this example). This workshop, sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing (LLW) Standing Group, used hands-on activities to introduce theories and methods of corpus-linguistic analysis for various purposes, genres, and sub-fields within writing studies. Facilitators guided attendees through examples of the use of corpus methods in ...


By Reading This Title, You Have Agreed To Our Terms Of Service, Brian Larson Feb 2018

By Reading This Title, You Have Agreed To Our Terms Of Service, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

By June of 2017, Facebook had two billion (that’s billion, with a ‘b’) users accessing it per month (Balakrishnan 2017). Facebook believes that each of those consumer end-users is bound by its end-user license agreement (EULA), which Facebook calls a “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” available to end-users from a small link in light gray text called “Terms” on every Facebook page. EULAs like this, associated with websites, mobile apps, and consumer goods with embedded software, and styled “terms of service,” “terms of use,” etc., may purport to impose a wide variety of contractual obligations on consumers, for example ...


Research And Rhetorical Purpose: Using Genre Analysis To Understand Source Use In Technical And Professional Writing, Lee-Ann K. Breuch, Brian Larson Nov 2017

Research And Rhetorical Purpose: Using Genre Analysis To Understand Source Use In Technical And Professional Writing, Lee-Ann K. Breuch, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

This chapter describes a pilot study of student research-based writing in a technical and professional writing course designed for college-level juniors and seniors across the curriculum; fifteen analytical research papers are coded based on the rhetorical move John Swales (1990) calls "reference to previous research" to increase our understanding of how students use sources to introduce, support, or compare/contrast ideas and previous research. Student papers in this study overwhelm­ingly used sources to support main ideas, occasionally used sources to introduce ideas, often in the form of topic sentences, but rarely used sources to compare/contrast ideas. The frequency ...


Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts To Promote Your Research, Melody Herr Sep 2017

Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts To Promote Your Research, Melody Herr

Melody Herr

A leading journal just accepted your article for publication. But while your research team is celebrating, you begin to worry. Will the journal’s regular readers notice it? Will researchers outside your field ever see it?


Lamberti -- Constructed Reader Real Emotion.Pdf, Adrienne Lamberti Jan 2017

Lamberti -- Constructed Reader Real Emotion.Pdf, Adrienne Lamberti

Adrienne Lamberti

No abstract provided.


Technical Problem Based E-Language Instruction For Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos Jan 2016

Technical Problem Based E-Language Instruction For Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos

Eleni Papantoniou

We discuss an intervention in mother language instruction in a Greek Vocational Lyceum combining Web 2.0 tools with electronic writing pedagogy. During a full school year (2012-13), forty six 11th grade students with typically low literacy skills participated, randomly separated in control and experimental group. The latter systematically dealt with Technical Problem Solving and completed online (Edmodo) increasingly complex writing tasks. Encouraged to reflect on and solve technical problems, they activated language skills for communicating their solutions through the synthesis of technical text-genres. Meanwhile the control group followed the conventional teaching method using the usual literary texts. Pre and ...


Technology Pedagogy And Content In Web-Based Language Instruction For Secondary Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos Nov 2015

Technology Pedagogy And Content In Web-Based Language Instruction For Secondary Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos

Eleni Papantoniou

Students in vocational schools in Greece are less motivated and have low performance in courses demanding academic skills, like language learning with reading and writing tasks (e.g. essay writing). If they were asked, they would say that they prefer to do things rather than study or get involved in traditional classroom language activities. School cannot provide them with language materials and methodology adjusted to their needs. Language teaching and learning is an academic task-oriented subject and teachers find it extremely difficult to arise their students' interest. So, from this point of view there is a gap between need and ...


The Structure Of Play: An Exploration Of The Instructional Design Of Rift, Carly Finseth Oct 2015

The Structure Of Play: An Exploration Of The Instructional Design Of Rift, Carly Finseth

Carly Finseth

This paper uncovers and explores the specific instructional approaches that role-playing games (RPGs) use to engage and teach their players. The goal of this research was to go beyond the theoretical understandings of gaming as rhetorical, social, and cultural experience and instead identify a practical, applications-based approach to understanding games as instructional design artifacts. Through in-depth case study research, I ultimately unearthed a set of heuristics that can be used in future studies about games and learning including how to study video games as instructional documentation and how to construct a higher education classroom as a game.


The State Of Writing In The Health Sciences Major At Jmu: Survey And Interview Instruments, Lucy Bryan Malenke Sep 2015

The State Of Writing In The Health Sciences Major At Jmu: Survey And Interview Instruments, Lucy Bryan Malenke

Lucy Bryan Malenke

I used these survey and interview instruments in an IRB-approved investigation of the state of writing in the Health Sciences major at James Madison University, which took place during the Spring 2015 semester. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to assist the University Writing Center in developing and facilitating evidence-based responses to the discipline-specific writing needs of Health Sciences students. The 20 study participants were faculty members who taught in the Health Sciences major. Each took an online Qualtrics survey and participated an in-person follow-up interview with a predetermined set of questions. The instruments explored participants’ pedagogical practices, attitudes ...


Competition In Higher Education: Build It And They Will Come Or You Have To Spend Money To Make Money, Matthew R. Sharp Sep 2014

Competition In Higher Education: Build It And They Will Come Or You Have To Spend Money To Make Money, Matthew R. Sharp

Matthew R. Sharp

The Global Perspectives Program was developed to provide Virginia Tech graduate students with an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of global higher education, especially in Europe. This article deals with enrollment management and competition for students.


Sample Technical Instructions, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Instructions, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Definition, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Definition, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Press Release, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Press Release, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Standard Operating Procedure, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Standard Operating Procedure, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Description, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Description, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Grant Proposal, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2012

Sample Grant Proposal, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


'Some Quite Nice Little Tunes': An Overview Of The Preparation And Recording Of The Incipits For The Britten Thematic Catalogue, Jonathan Manton Nov 2010

'Some Quite Nice Little Tunes': An Overview Of The Preparation And Recording Of The Incipits For The Britten Thematic Catalogue, Jonathan Manton

Jonathan Manton

Due for completion in 2013, the Britten thematic catalogue, an online musicological research tool that will present detailed individual records charting Britten's entire compositional output (approximately 1,200 works both published and unpublished including all juvenilia), is currently being compiled at the Britten-Pears Foundation in the United Kingdom. As this resource will be published exclusively online, it is the project's intention to fully employ the benefits afforded to the catalog through its virtual format, specifically when presenting thematic incipits for each work. In addition to typeset incipits, which in the case of the Britten thematic catalogue will extend ...


Https://www.healthyfitnesspoint.com/Mega-Leans/, Jame Skahed Nov 1990

Https://www.healthyfitnesspoint.com/Mega-Leans/, Jame Skahed

jame skahed

Mega Leans :- Use Acai Berries Berry When Considering Weight Damages Purposes If you try to use unhealthy methods to lose pounds, you will be more likely to not lose any weight at all or to quickly gain back any weight you do lose. Lots of people just give in to the idea that it's better to give up on dieting and living a healthy lifestyle during the holidays. Do not force your child to eat something he or she does not want.