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"A Solution To A Worrisome Problem": The Rhetoric Of Scientific Discourse In A Public Policy Dispute About The Environment , James Robert Heiman Jan 2006

"A Solution To A Worrisome Problem": The Rhetoric Of Scientific Discourse In A Public Policy Dispute About The Environment , James Robert Heiman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The goal of this study is to demonstrate how rhetorical analyses of public discourse artifacts and practices reveal science as a civic discourse---with highly epideictic and deliberative purposes---that guides public policy decisions made by non-expert, civic leaders. Though typically recognized for its forensic function, little is written about how the epideictic function of scientific discourse politically performs in public policy debates about the environment. Nor is much written about the connection between the epideictic and deliberative functions of scientific discourse and the resolution of public controversies. To demonstrate the intersection of the political and scientific, I present a case study ...


Self-Representations And Power Relations In Peer Review Interactions: A Case Study Of Two International Students In A Composition Class, Lavinia Hirsu Jan 2006

Self-Representations And Power Relations In Peer Review Interactions: A Case Study Of Two International Students In A Composition Class, Lavinia Hirsu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Peer review is a commonly used activity in cross-cultural composition classes; however, little research has investigated how NNSEs' (non-native speakers of English) self-perceptions and power relations reflect and are reflected in their peer discourse, more exactly in the use of social-interactional strategies and personal stance. In this microethnographic study, I followed two NNSEs working in dyads with two different peers (a native and a non-native speaker of English) for a rhetorical analysis assignment in a cross-cultural composition class. First I distributed a survey to the six participants in order to determine their perceptions of previous and hypothetical peer interactions, and ...


Home Field Advantage, Jennifer Amy Maddox Jan 2006

Home Field Advantage, Jennifer Amy Maddox

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This is a collection of twenty-two creative nonfiction essays. The pieces are arranged in chronological order and consist of my personal memories of growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. There is a particular focus on my relationship with my family and my seventeen years of experience playing softball competitively. Through the progression of this narrative a portrait of a strong, young woman begins to emerge.


Daimler Dreams, Meghan H. Bullock Jan 2006

Daimler Dreams, Meghan H. Bullock

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Daimler dreams is a novel about Lois Lane. Her relationship with Superman is not the main focus of it; rather, it examines her personal history and the way that history impacts her present as a film critic for the local newspaper. The narrative deals, in part, with the effects of trauma and identity issues.


Female Wards, Feminism, And Mentorship In Mansfield Park And Jane Eyre, Miranda Mccullick Jan 2006

Female Wards, Feminism, And Mentorship In Mansfield Park And Jane Eyre, Miranda Mccullick

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Although a striking number of similarities exist between Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, the heroines of these novels provoke very different reactions regarding their qualifications as feminist heroines. While Jane Eyre is often celebrated as one of the most highly feminist characters in the women's literature canon, many critics read Fanny Price as ultimately succumbing to and reinforcing traditional, patriarchal values. This thesis examines the ways in which these heroines' roles as female wards in a patriarchal society influence their roles as feminist heroines and evaluates them as such using the following criteria ...


Towards A Dialogic Theory Of New Media Literacy, S. Scott Graham Jan 2006

Towards A Dialogic Theory Of New Media Literacy, S. Scott Graham

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Since the work of Gunther Kress, Cynthia Selfe, Anne Wysocki, the New London Group and others, many composition instructors are integrating the study and practice of new communication technologies into their pedagogy. This burgeoning amalgam of fields, which I call new media literacy studies, is heavily invested in extending first-year composition and literacy instruction to address the growing ubiquity of information communication technologies. This thesis begins with an exploration of the scope of these new media literacy theories, and argues for a new media literacy theory grounded in the dialogic theories of Mikhail Bakhtin and the Sophists. By bringing a ...


The Effects Of Computer-Mediated Interaction In L2 Vocabulary Learning, Soh Youn Kim Jan 2006

The Effects Of Computer-Mediated Interaction In L2 Vocabulary Learning, Soh Youn Kim

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study investigated the effects of a computer-mediated (CM) interaction task on university level ESL learners' lexical development while doing collaborative dialogues using MSN instant messenger in non-native student to non-native student (NNS-NNS) dyads. Specifically, the study examined the learners' interaction by looking at MSN messenger scripts to find the negotiation routines. Also, the mean pre-test and two post-test scores were compared to assess the acquisition of new lexical items. This study investigated whether the learners used an online dictionary and whether they selected the most appropriate words in the given context. The participants were 10 (6 male, 4 female ...


Motivation And Acquisition Of Pronunciation In Efl Students In El Salvador, Christian Enrique Meléndez Jan 2006

Motivation And Acquisition Of Pronunciation In Efl Students In El Salvador, Christian Enrique Meléndez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examines the effect of pronunciation instruction and motivation in the acquisition of second language pronunciation in EFL students in El Salvador. Eighteen participants were given a pronunciation pre-test and a post-test. They received 20 minutes of pronunciation training each day for fifteen days. The training focused on the pronunciation of two different English sounds, /[O with line through the middle]/ and /-ed/ endings for the past of the regular verbs. The participants also completed a self-report motivation questionnaire containing nine different variables. Three different statistical analyses were used to analyze the data collected: paired t-tests, Cronbach's Alpha ...


Faster, Normal Or Slower?: The Effects Of Speech Rates On High-Intermediate Esl Learners' Listening Comprehension Of Academic Lectures, Fushun Le Jan 2006

Faster, Normal Or Slower?: The Effects Of Speech Rates On High-Intermediate Esl Learners' Listening Comprehension Of Academic Lectures, Fushun Le

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to 1) identify whether three speech rates (SR) (normal, faster and slower) have different effects on high-intermediate ESL learners' listening comprehension of academic lectures, and if so, to determine which SR is the most beneficial to the learners' comprehension; and 2) to identify learners' perception of SRs and reasons for lecture incomprehensibility. Eleven international students were asked to listen to three long academic lectures on unfamiliar topics and answer multiple choice comprehension questions, which was followed by a brief survey of their perception of the SR appropriateness and lecture difficulty. The original SRs of ...


Technical Communicator's Encroachment On Public Relations: A Report From The Field, Krysta Joellen Nibe Jan 2006

Technical Communicator's Encroachment On Public Relations: A Report From The Field, Krysta Joellen Nibe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A survey was conducted to focus on technical communicators and their roles within organizations. The study utilized public relations encroachment theory and survey research to investigate five research questions relating to technical communication encroachment of public relations. The research found that there may be some encroachment occurring in public relations by technical communicators, but only in two roles: Problem-Solving Process Facilitator and Communication Facilitator. Additionally, the study found that a technical communicator's experience level was linked to encroachment. Less experienced technical communicators were more likely to perceive they encroach on public relations. Gender and education did not play a ...


Falling Upwards, Alicia Maria Hernandez Jan 2006

Falling Upwards, Alicia Maria Hernandez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

There exists a group of people known as the Winged who live in a city called Colonia, nestled in the mountains and by a high stone wall. The humans don't know about them, but the Winged were actually once humans themselves. The Winged life seems utopian. They don't age or get sick, they live in utter peace with each other, and they are free to do whatever they want with their lives. The only requirement their unofficial leader, Scio, mandates is that they task more humans by turning them into Winged. At one hundred and twenty years old ...


Same Difference , Akilah S. Brown Jan 2006

Same Difference , Akilah S. Brown

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A Plea For Sympathy And Understanding In The Portrayal Of Motherless Daughters In Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction, Valerie Ann Hyatt Jan 2006

A Plea For Sympathy And Understanding In The Portrayal Of Motherless Daughters In Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction, Valerie Ann Hyatt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Preference And Performance With Cartoon-Like Images In Instructional Documentation , Amanda Nicole Metz Bemer Jan 2006

Preference And Performance With Cartoon-Like Images In Instructional Documentation , Amanda Nicole Metz Bemer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis, I examine Americans' preferences for and performance with three different types of visuals in instructions: cartoon-like images, photographs, and line drawings. Using an electronic survey and usability tests, I conclude that though Americans of most ages generally dislike cartoon-like images and tend to prefer photographs and line drawings, performance for two specific age groups exhibiting dislike (those under 24 years of age and over 50) demonstrates increased success using cartoon-like images. This finding suggests that technical communicators need to conduct usability tests for multiple age groups. In addition, I explain that more research on methodology is necessary.


Communication Practices Of Women In Undergraduate Engineering Classes , Sarah Michelle Brown Jan 2006

Communication Practices Of Women In Undergraduate Engineering Classes , Sarah Michelle Brown

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Communication Practices of Women in Undergraduate Engineering Classes explores ways in which women and men communicate in undergraduate engineering classes and ways to better attract and retain women in engineering programs. The data, gathered over three semesters, include classroom observations, surveys, and interviews. Seven classes were analyzed: four in engineering, two in history, and one in food science. This thesis brings together three articles written for various academic audiences: engineering education, leadership, and women's studies. The individual articles focused on (1) class participation, leadership, and negative behavior in undergraduate engineering classes, (2) leadership styles of women and men, and ...


Can Difference Speak?: Representation And Ethos Of Otherness With/In Postmodern Research, Classroom, And Online Communication Practices , Oksana Hlyva Jan 2006

Can Difference Speak?: Representation And Ethos Of Otherness With/In Postmodern Research, Classroom, And Online Communication Practices , Oksana Hlyva

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines ways difference or otherness is represented at three research sites to underscore practical ethical dilemmas engendered by the postmodern crisis of representation. Inspired largely by Gayatri Spivak's influential Can the Subaltern Speak? the dissertation seeks to illustrate a practical usefulness of postcolonial and post-structuralist insights for rhetoric and composition as well as business and technical communication practitioners who aspire to reconcile their allegiance with the postmodern and postethnographic representation critique and prevalent modernist, positivist, and reductive institutional exigencies;Embedded within the dissertation are three papers that elaborate on concrete representational practices in three specific research locales ...


Remediating The Professional Classroom: The New Rhetoric Of Teaching And Learning , David Dean Fisher Jan 2006

Remediating The Professional Classroom: The New Rhetoric Of Teaching And Learning , David Dean Fisher

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The incarnation of many Internet-based courses is informed by traditional notions of classroom instruction, in which course/content management systems (CMSs) like WebCT and Blackboard are used to reproduce actions undertaken in brick-and-mortar classrooms. In this dissertation I argue that the way in which the CMS is configured and deployed can provide students with the sense that they are immersed in a social activity other than taking a college course. Elaborating on simulation-building methodologies, I show how we have created a CMS called MyCase that helps classroom instructors evoke and immerse students in discourse-demanding situations within several disciplines. This sense ...


Stoic , Sharon Koelling Jan 2006

Stoic , Sharon Koelling

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Stoic is a non-fiction childhood trauma memoir. The theme of loss is explored through the manuscript as the author delves into the family dynamics prior to a devastating car accident and the stark realities afterward. The mother is left a paraplegic as a result of the accident. The story takes place in the 1960s and early 1970s. This is one family's tragedy as told from a child's point-of-view. Set in a post-WWII suburban community, the comparison of relative prosperity and the loss of normalcy are detailed. The author incorporates both her Norwegian and German heritage as the family ...


Virtual Contexts: Investigating Physicality And Rhetorical Situation , Katherine Salmon Miles Jan 2006

Virtual Contexts: Investigating Physicality And Rhetorical Situation , Katherine Salmon Miles

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

My research stems from a service-learning project in my technical communication course---a project that involved the creation of print, oral, and electronic instructions for filming within a virtual reality chamber. Soon into the project, I realized that students had difficulty conceptualizing the project's rhetorical situation---the context, purpose, and audience of a high-tech research center. Although I provided students with abstracted textual descriptions, oral explanations, and visual depictions of the virtual environment, they were unable to engage with or respond to the assignment's rhetorical situation. My dissertation postulates the impasse was due to students' lack of access to a ...


Defining Family: Essays And Poems , Cassandra Lynne Miller Jan 2006

Defining Family: Essays And Poems , Cassandra Lynne Miller

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Preserving Organizational Knowledge With Proper Document Management , Oksana Kornilova Opsomer Jan 2006

Preserving Organizational Knowledge With Proper Document Management , Oksana Kornilova Opsomer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Nik Reno And Other Things Remembered , Suzanne Marie Browning Jan 2006

Nik Reno And Other Things Remembered , Suzanne Marie Browning

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No abstract provided.


Sweet Red Sounds , Julia Jane Sweet Jan 2006

Sweet Red Sounds , Julia Jane Sweet

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No abstract provided.


The Discursive Coding Of Software: A Study Of The Relationship Between Stability And Change, Jennifer Helene Maher Jan 2006

The Discursive Coding Of Software: A Study Of The Relationship Between Stability And Change, Jennifer Helene Maher

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Software has become an integral part of most people's everyday lives. Though discussions of software in the field of rhetoric have traditionally taken an instrumentalist approach that seeks to increase the effective use of software, a critical turn has established the need to examine the ideological signification of software. I argue that one way we can do so is to examine the social practices that symbolically constitute software to reveal how software is discursively coded, and how, consequently, users of software are themselves discursively coded. To this end, I examine the discourse of those primarily responsible for the design ...