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Rhetorical Genre Theory And Whiteness, Greg W. Childs Sep 2019

Rhetorical Genre Theory And Whiteness, Greg W. Childs

IdeaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State University

No abstract provided.


Teaching Rhetorical Segmentation As A Countermeasure To Post-Truth In The Composition Classroom, John Gagnon Sep 2019

Teaching Rhetorical Segmentation As A Countermeasure To Post-Truth In The Composition Classroom, John Gagnon

The Liminal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology in Education

This paper responds to the call for rhetoric and composition instructors to engage with post-truth and fake news in the composition classroom. Pulling from personal experiences with post-truth in the composition classroom, the author leverages recent scholarship to develop a multi-phasic, objective analytical approach – rhetorical segmentation – that students can use to identify the purposes and motivations of a particular text. The approach of rhetorical segmentation relies on three primary steps: measuring rhetorical velocity, evaluating ideological modality, and identifying public harm. By combining these steps in a coherent method of analysis, the author argues that students are better equipped to understand ...


Interrogating Fake News In The Composition Classroom: Pedagogical Plans, Shelly A. Galliah Sep 2019

Interrogating Fake News In The Composition Classroom: Pedagogical Plans, Shelly A. Galliah

The Liminal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology in Education

This brief article argues that the skills developed in the first-year Composition classroom, such as analyzing texts, interrogating arguments, investigating media bias, conducting research, and thinking critically are crucial for helping students recognize the various forms of disinformation and post-truth as well as how to avoid circulating these and further polluting the media and information ecospheres. It also argues that Composition instructors must remain centrist to avoid exacerbating political polarization and alienating students who might be resistant to investigating fake news. This article summarizes some key readings and practical activities that Composition instructors may incorporate into their classrooms.


Philosophy And Actions For Authentic, Meaningful, And Lifelong Learning, Anthony Klever Aug 2019

Philosophy And Actions For Authentic, Meaningful, And Lifelong Learning, Anthony Klever

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

This portfolio explores several major areas of education related to English teaching. A major research essay, “Incomplete Instructions: Building the Future of Technical Writing in Ohio Education”, explores the current situation and prospective future of technical writing in the state of Ohio’s education system. Also, a reflective essay, Reflective Narrative: My Journey as a Student and My Map for Teaching”, explores the many elements of teaching philosophy with particular attention to English teaching. Another research essay, “Meaningful Revision: Revise for a Day, Teach Revision for a Lifetime”, explores the function of revision and offers suggestions for increasing the meaningfulness ...


The Writing Process Revisted, Amanda Shurtliff May 2019

The Writing Process Revisted, Amanda Shurtliff

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

The writing process is an instructional method that teachers have been using for decades, and it has proven to be successful in many classrooms. When teaching in a secondary classroom, I noticed my students were not mindfully going through each step of the process. Their writing was lacking clear ideas and skilled synthesis of their research. Additionally, the students often skipped revision altogether. In order to re-teach the writing process, I designed specific activities that engaged students with the various steps of the writing process. After the sequence of lessons, the students scores improved in all sections of the rubric ...


The Threshold Concepts Of Writing Studies In The Writing Methods Course, Kristine Johnson Mar 2019

The Threshold Concepts Of Writing Studies In The Writing Methods Course, Kristine Johnson

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

I argue that the threshold concepts of writing studies enable preservice writing teachers to meet several goals for the writing methods course: comprehending composition theory, understanding themselves as writers, and developing effective pedagogical practices. After introducing these concepts, I first outline how they—because they define writing as a subject of study and as an activity—bridge theoretical knowledge, pedagogical application, and personal writing practices. Second, I quote from my own students to illustrate the ways in which threshold concepts help preservice teachers reflect on their own writing practices and become thoughtful, theoretically informed teachers.


"It's My Closest Friend And My Most Hated Enemy": Students Share Perspectives On Procrastination In Writing Classes, Jennifer Gray Feb 2019

"It's My Closest Friend And My Most Hated Enemy": Students Share Perspectives On Procrastination In Writing Classes, Jennifer Gray

The Journal of Student Success in Writing

This article presents the results from an IRB-approved study that researched student perspectives on procrastination. Qualitative and quantitative data from over 200 surveys administered to first-year writers illustrated multiple reasons why students procrastinated, and these reasons are much deeper than a strong desire to do something else. Results indicated that when students perceived a lack of engagement with their topic (whether the engagement was actually there or not), they were more likely to procrastinate. In addition, students who had fewer choices in their writing assignments, such as topic choices or format choices, were more likely to procrastinate and avoid the ...


Imagining Across Disciplines For A Sustainable Future, Emily James Nov 2018

Imagining Across Disciplines For A Sustainable Future, Emily James

Writing Center Analysis Paper

At present, the words sustainable and sustainability tend to be associated with environmental issues. Yet, the word sustain comes from the Old French sostenier meaning, “hold up, bear; suffer, endure” and Latin’s sustinere that adds, “hold upright; furnish with means of support; undergo.” Latin’s sustinere can further be broken down into the elements sub and tenere, the root of which, ten, means, “to stretch” (Harper). This paper reflects upon the ways in which the concept of sustainability affects my role as a writing tutor and composition instructor as I seek to help students stretch their abilities to develop ...


Language And Literacy: Politics Of Language, Brittany A. Zayas, Missy Watson Nov 2018

Language And Literacy: Politics Of Language, Brittany A. Zayas, Missy Watson

Open Educational Resources

This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.


You Matter To Me: The Necessity Of Validation In The Composition Classroom, Shaun Anderson Nov 2018

You Matter To Me: The Necessity Of Validation In The Composition Classroom, Shaun Anderson

Writing Center Analysis Paper

The Utah State University Writing Center works to create a student-centered environment that provides our students with the message that their voices matter, that they are cared for, and that they belong here. This same message needs to be carried on into our composition courses. This sense of validation enables our students to develop as communicators and leaders.


Terms Of Time For Composition: A Materialist Examination Of Contingent Faculty Labor, Jesse Priest Oct 2018

Terms Of Time For Composition: A Materialist Examination Of Contingent Faculty Labor, Jesse Priest

Academic Labor: Research and Artistry

Bruce Horner’s seminal book, Terms of Work for Composition: A Materialist Critique provided Comp-Rhet WPAs with a methodology for infusing our conversations about work and labor with a holistic understanding of how these reflect on the lived experiences of students, teachers and administrators. Drawing on empirical data including surveys of contingent faculty at a large northeastern research university, as well as textual analysis of teaching material and an NCTE position statement, I propose the inclusion of a materialist-oriented conceptualization of time to the discussion began by Horner and others. Using the lens of how time is allocated, I argue ...


Embracing The Educational Value Of Imitation, Amy Burger Sep 2018

Embracing The Educational Value Of Imitation, Amy Burger

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

The threat of plagiarism accusations discourages students from using imitation in their work, and instructors from promoting it. As a result, a valuable pedagogical technique goes unused. This presentation will discuss the evidence in support of imitation as an educational tool and examine why it is widely discouraged. Imitation can serve as a valuable practice, both in course work, and for students’ overall academic success, especially for students as they undergo academic transitions, such as the beginning of their college careers, and the transition from core classes to upper-level major courses. Additionally, the reconsideration of imitation can add value to ...


Teaching Information Literacy And Writing Studies: Volume 1, First Year Composition Courses, Grace Veach Sep 2018

Teaching Information Literacy And Writing Studies: Volume 1, First Year Composition Courses, Grace Veach

Purdue University Press Book Previews

This volume, edited by Grace Veach, explores leading approaches to foregrounding information literacy in first-year college writing courses. Chapters describe cross-disciplinary efforts underway across higher education, as well as innovative approaches of both writing professors and librarians in the classroom. This seminal work unpacks the disciplinary implications for information literacy and writing studies as they encounter one another in theory and practice, in the post-information age. Topics include: reading and writing through the lens of information literacy, curriculum design, specific writing tasks, transfer, and assessment.


Advanced College Credit Pathways: Six Undergraduate Students Reflect On Their Journeys As Writers, Candence Malhiet Robillard Aug 2018

Advanced College Credit Pathways: Six Undergraduate Students Reflect On Their Journeys As Writers, Candence Malhiet Robillard

Candence Robillard


This study explored the writing habits and behaviors of six undergraduate students who earned advanced college credit from the International Baccalaureate diploma, Advanced Placement exam scores, or through dual enrollment partnerships with accredited colleges. Using narrative and case study methods, the study investigated the relationship between high school advanced credit composition courses and the requirements of undergraduate writing. At the time of the study the participants had already completed a minimum of three semesters of study on a college campus. Participants met a total of three times over the course of one semester. In reflecting on their experiences and in ...


Language & Literacy: The Politics Of Language, Brittany A. Zayas, Melissa Watson Jun 2018

Language & Literacy: The Politics Of Language, Brittany A. Zayas, Melissa Watson

Open Educational Resources

This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.


Fiqws Language And Literacy: Mine/Yours/Ours/Theirs, Missy Watson Jun 2018

Fiqws Language And Literacy: Mine/Yours/Ours/Theirs, Missy Watson

Open Educational Resources

This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.


Fiqws Fall 2018: Phase 2 Assignment Prompt The Exploratory Essay, Sabina Pringle, Missy Watson Jun 2018

Fiqws Fall 2018: Phase 2 Assignment Prompt The Exploratory Essay, Sabina Pringle, Missy Watson

Open Educational Resources

This phase two writing assignment prompt for FIQWS 10003 - HA1 WCGI History & Culture and FIQWS 10103 - HA1 Composition for WCGI History & Culture (fall 2018) provides guidelines for writing an Exploratory Essay in which students will consider the ideas of course readings and compose an essay that demonstrates their engagement with those ideas. The rhetorical purpose of this assignment is for students to demonstrate the ways in which their thinking about language and literacy has developed so far in the course, using evidence based on interpretations, ideas, and examples as well as passages from four or five sources. Summary, synthesis, and ...


Using Reflective And Meta Writing Practices In English 101, Michelle Runyan Jun 2018

Using Reflective And Meta Writing Practices In English 101, Michelle Runyan

Backward by Design Mini-Studies

This study examines the ways in which a low-stakes meta, reflective, and reflexive writing assignment has the potential to help students better understand the writing that they do in the classroom. This assignment allows students to think through threshold concepts in the course, to question course concepts, and to think through the areas they are struggling with. Additionally, students are encouraged to think through their own writing process and how the skills they learn in the course might transfer to other courses. Finally, it allows the course instructor to examine their course curriculum and to adjust lesson plans based on ...


Teaching Peer Feedback As Ethical Practice, Derek Miller, Troy Hicks, Susan Golab May 2018

Teaching Peer Feedback As Ethical Practice, Derek Miller, Troy Hicks, Susan Golab

Language Arts Journal of Michigan

Even with weeks of building a classroom community and deliberate instructional scaffolding, students may not engage in thoughtful peer review. One teacher discovers how he must place a deep, intentional value on the feedback itself—and the writers who provided it to one another.


Mindful Writers, Sustainable Writing: Implementing Mindfulness Intervention To Support The Writing Practices Of Advanced Academic Writers Engaged In High Stakes Writing, Nadia F. Zamin May 2018

Mindful Writers, Sustainable Writing: Implementing Mindfulness Intervention To Support The Writing Practices Of Advanced Academic Writers Engaged In High Stakes Writing, Nadia F. Zamin

Theses and Dissertations (All)

This mixed methods study examines the impacts of participation in a four-week, once-weekly program of mindfulness intervention on the self-efficacy, management of writing anxiety, and dissertation writing productivity of advanced academic writers across the disciplines engaged in high stakes writing projects.

Data was collected from participants in the form of self-report questionnaires and interviews at three distinct stages: before participation in the intervention program (pre-intervention), immediately following the conclusion of the intervention program (post-intervention), and one month following the close of the intervention program (follow-up). Post-intervention quantitative results reveal that participants experience strong and positive changes in their self-efficacy, management ...


Music Software In The Compositional Learning Process, Daniel L. Nevels Apr 2018

Music Software In The Compositional Learning Process, Daniel L. Nevels

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Computer software for music has made a significant impact by affecting the perspective of music making, music creating, music education, music production, and music distribution. This impact continues to evolve as individuals seek new avenues of musical expression. Through the papers included in this document, I seek to explore the range and impact of computer software in music, especially software related to music creativity and composition.

The first paper is a review of literature concerning the effect of software on creative thought, creativity in music, and the influence this has had in musical composition. In this paper I also explore ...


Teaching College Writing To High School Students: A Mixed Methods Investigation Of Dual Enrollment Composition Students' Writing Curriculum And Writing Self-Efficacy, Erin Dena Scott-Stewart Mar 2018

Teaching College Writing To High School Students: A Mixed Methods Investigation Of Dual Enrollment Composition Students' Writing Curriculum And Writing Self-Efficacy, Erin Dena Scott-Stewart

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this mixed methods study was to use a quantitative survey to assess the relationships between the credit pathways students choose to earn first-year, first-semester (FYFS) university writing credit (i.e. dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, university courses, and ACT/SAT exemptions) and several writing experiences and outcomes, including writing curriculum, self-efficacy, self-regulatory strategy use, and course performance. The same survey was also used to explore relationships between these writing experiences and outcomes and preexisting student characteristics (i.e. race/ethnicity, gender, and parents’ education). For dual enrollment (DE) students only, the following aspects of the participants’ writing experiences ...


Designing The Teacher: Applying 'Design Thinking' To Improve Composition Pedagogy And Practice, Jordan Nicole Newman Jan 2018

Designing The Teacher: Applying 'Design Thinking' To Improve Composition Pedagogy And Practice, Jordan Nicole Newman

Online Theses and Dissertations

College composition courses have conventionally relied on alphabetic, print writing as the primary method for constructing meaning, but contemporary communication practices are increasingly multimodal and media-based (Palmeri, 2012; Yancey, 2011). While many teachers and scholars advocate that students benefit from engaging in the production of multimodal texts, fewer educators create digital and new media products themselves. Through a meta-analytical approach, this project explores the potentials that the act of design offers teacher-scholars for improving their pedagogy and practice. Utilizing a design thinking framework, the generative analysis of established scholarship, primary research, and authentic experiences provided significant insights into the cognitive ...


Freshman Composition Final Portfolio Assignment, Laura B. Rizzo, Missy Watson Jan 2018

Freshman Composition Final Portfolio Assignment, Laura B. Rizzo, Missy Watson

Open Educational Resources

This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to reflect on their writing practice. As a ...


A Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Study Of New Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Commenting Beliefs And Practices, Jillian I. B. Grauman Jan 2018

A Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Study Of New Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Commenting Beliefs And Practices, Jillian I. B. Grauman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Although research on teachers’ comments on student papers is fairly common and has remained an ongoing area of interest since at least the 1970s, composition studies has not yet investigated how teachers’ commenting beliefs and practices change over time, particularly graduate teaching assistants’ (GTAs’) commenting practices. GTAs are an important subgroup of composition instructors to study because not only do they teach a considerable number of first-year composition (FYC) classes across the country, they are also the future of the profession. This dissertation reports the results of a mixed-methods longitudinal study of novice GTAs’ commenting beliefs (i.e., goals, perceived ...


Student-Centered Englishes Pedagogy: A Case Study Exploration Of A New Orientation For U.S. Composition, Melissa E. Lee Dec 2017

Student-Centered Englishes Pedagogy: A Case Study Exploration Of A New Orientation For U.S. Composition, Melissa E. Lee

Theses and Dissertations (All)

This study addresses the language diversity in twenty-first century U.S. college composition classrooms by arguing that composition theory and pedagogy should expand beyond the prescriptive conflation of “the English language” and “Standard American English.” Within the overarching discourses about three major constructs—Humanizing Pedagogy (Bartolomé, 1994), the World Englishes ethos (e.g. Bolton, Graddol, & Meierkord, 2011; Bolton & B. Kachru, 2006), and the harm reduction model (e.g. Denning, 2000; Tatarsky, 1998, 2002, 2003)—the first research question was addressed: (1) In what ways can the harm reduction model be used to support the integration of the World Englishes paradigm into the contemporary composition classroom? Chapter Two, the literature review, constructs a response to ...


The Story Of Them: Outcomes Of Practicing Autoethnography In Undergraduate Writing Courses, Justin B. Hopkins Dec 2017

The Story Of Them: Outcomes Of Practicing Autoethnography In Undergraduate Writing Courses, Justin B. Hopkins

Theses and Dissertations (All)

This study is an examination of the outcomes of practicing autoethnography, specifically in the context of first-year undergraduate, writing-intensive courses. The researcher recounts his initial, inspiring encounter with autoethnography and explores the possibility of its pedagogical application in composition instruction.

Autoethnography is a form of qualitative inquiry that combines personal reflection, aesthetic representation, and academic research and analysis to study the self in relation to social/cultural context (see the work of Ellis and Bochner, among others: e.g., Ellis & Bochner, 2000, 2016; Ellis, Adams, & Bochner, 2011; Hanauer, 2012a; Holman Jones, Adams, & Ellis, 2013; Denzin, 2014; Adams, Holman Jones, & Ellis, 2015).

Using classroom research methodology (Dana and ...


Curricular Analysis Of The University Of Arkansas Composition I Pilot Course: Engl 1013, Community Ethnography, Morgan Lindsay Scholz Aug 2017

Curricular Analysis Of The University Of Arkansas Composition I Pilot Course: Engl 1013, Community Ethnography, Morgan Lindsay Scholz

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis analyzes a new first-year writing course that is under consideration for implementation as the standard Composition I course at the University of Arkansas. The course utilizes an ethnographic approach to teaching critical writing skills to students. This thesis presents evaluation through a metacognitive lens and explores the course through a case study approach. This thesis also examines the expectations and concluding reflections of three stakeholder groups: students, instructors, and administrators.


Patrick Houlihan Represents Ouachita With Original Compositions, Haley Wilkerson, Ouachita News Bureau Apr 2017

Patrick Houlihan Represents Ouachita With Original Compositions, Haley Wilkerson, Ouachita News Bureau

Press Releases

Two compositions by Dr. Patrick Houlihan, professor and chair of music theory, composition and music industry at Ouachita Baptist University, recently were presented at national and regional conferences.

“Snoqualmie Passages” for alto saxophone and piano was selected to be presented at the joint national conference of the College Music Society and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors held last fall in Santa Fe, N.M. It was performed in historic St. Francis Auditorium by two Ouachita faculty members, Dr. Lei Cai, professor of music, on piano and Dr. Caroline Taylor, professor of music, on saxophone.


Reimagining The Stacks: Classroom Technology And Library Collaboration For Writing In The Disciplines, Jossalyn Larson, Daniel C. Reardon Jan 2017

Reimagining The Stacks: Classroom Technology And Library Collaboration For Writing In The Disciplines, Jossalyn Larson, Daniel C. Reardon

The Journal of Student Success in Writing

This article details the process by which one university redesigned a first year writing course to better promote discipline-specific and best-practice research techniques. The program offers experiential learning activities through scholarly collaboration, using library staff as mentors, producing an open-access peer-reviewed student journal, and emphasizing face-to-face interaction of peer research communities. It has the potential to establish for students in high school, community colleges and universities that research writing is fundamentally about joining and contributing to a conversation.