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Toward Authentic Audiences : Blogging In A High School English Classroom, Michael Patrick Ayers Dec 2011

Toward Authentic Audiences : Blogging In A High School English Classroom, Michael Patrick Ayers

Theses and Dissertations

Though researchers have discussed adolescents' uses of social media and Web 2.0 texts outside school, little research has analyzed how such texts are used in classrooms. This study examines various perspectives on a group of high school students engaged in blogging as part of two language arts courses over an eight-month period. Research questions focused on how students conceived of and interacted with their readers, how they used structural features of the blogging platform to connect their blogs to one another, and how discourses of freedom of speech online led a few students to transgress school norms. To answer ...


Moving Research Journals Online: Using Blogs To Teach Research-Based Writing In First-Year Composition, Tanya L. Rodgers Oct 2011

Moving Research Journals Online: Using Blogs To Teach Research-Based Writing In First-Year Composition, Tanya L. Rodgers

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The thesis describes a research study that evaluates replacing the research journal assignment with a research blog assignment. The study was conducted in Spring 2011 in the author's ENGL 1102: Composition II class.


Writing Across The Curriculum: Case Studies Of Three Content-Area Teachers, Patsy A. Hamby Oct 2011

Writing Across The Curriculum: Case Studies Of Three Content-Area Teachers, Patsy A. Hamby

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

In a qualitative study in a school district transitioning from rural to suburban based on a population growth and a shift in demographics, attitudes about writing, writing practices, writing assignments, and assessment practices of three teachers in the curriculum content areas of math, science, and social studies were investigated. Individual interviews with the teachers, observations of their classroom practices, interviews with focus groups in their content areas, and examinations of rated assessments provided the data for the study. The results indicated that the teachers’ past negative experiences with writing reflect in their teaching practice, as all are reluctant to generate ...


Interactive Whiteboards: Impact On Fifth-Grade Writing Skills, Danielle Marie Mooney Oct 2011

Interactive Whiteboards: Impact On Fifth-Grade Writing Skills, Danielle Marie Mooney

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Given current societal emphasis on technology mixed with the community pressures to succeed in an increasingly technological world, teachers and school districts find themselves focusing efforts on integrating technology and instruction more readily in their classrooms; their goal - to improve instructional practices and keep up with the developing, tech-savvy world. This thesis project discusses several clarifying questions - How much technology should schools be expected to provide? What types of instruction would most benefit students? The research study addresses the influence of the SMART board on students’ academic development, specifically in writing with regard to motivation and literacy. The project’s ...


Exploring Peer Revision In Writing Through Online Collaboration In A Middle Grades Classroom, Sarah Hunt-Barron Aug 2011

Exploring Peer Revision In Writing Through Online Collaboration In A Middle Grades Classroom, Sarah Hunt-Barron

All Dissertations

Using the method of a formative experiment, this investigation examined how the use of peer revision and collaboration in an online environment could be implemented in a seventh-grade classroom to increase revision of writing over multiple drafts and improve the quality of student expository writing. Thirty-six students in two sections of a seventh-grade English language arts class participated in the study. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected prior to the intervention to establish baseline data and determine progress toward the pedagogical goal. Qualitative data were also gathered and analyzed throughout the intervention to assess progress toward the goal. Quantitative data ...


Examining The Integration Of Talk And Writing For Student Knowledge Construction Through Argumentation, Ying-Chih Chen Jul 2011

Examining The Integration Of Talk And Writing For Student Knowledge Construction Through Argumentation, Ying-Chih Chen

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine students' understanding of argumentation when talk and writing were provided as learning tools, as well as to explore how talk and writing can best support students' construction of scientific knowledge. Most current studies have examined discourse patterns over a short interval of only a few class periods or compared only the students' initial and final products to assess the quality of their argument structure. Few studies have examined how students develop their understanding of argumentation over time and how their understanding might result in overcoming those challenges. Moreover, talk and writing have ...


Developing Students’ First Language Through A Second Language Writing Intervention: A Simultaneous Approach, Hannah Marie Dostal May 2011

Developing Students’ First Language Through A Second Language Writing Intervention: A Simultaneous Approach, Hannah Marie Dostal

Doctoral Dissertations

Deaf and hard of hearing (d/hh) children often acquire an L1 after age 3, thus are arguably more diverse than that of the general bilingual population. A unique problem therefore exists among d/hh late language learners—they often do not have an L1 to later develop an L2. This study investigated the impact of an English writing intervention (Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction, SIWI) that incorporates support for the development of American Sign Language in an effort to illustrate the necessity of explicitly addressing the proposed interdependence of language learning.

The research involved providing 23 upper elementary and ...


The Open Source Composition Space, Carly Finseth May 2011

The Open Source Composition Space, Carly Finseth

All Theses

This paper integrates composition theory with pedagogical practice in order to redefine what is traditionally viewed as the `writing classroom.' Specifically, it explores a new way of considering composition as both a term and a cultural ideology that encompasses many forms of creative expression: traditional alphabetic texts, digital alphabetic texts, multimodal texts such as videos and podcasts, and programming code. The work explores a pedagogical model that can be used to teach composition in its various forms. It also examines what it means to instruct in a classroom in today's digital age by incorporating ideas from traditional classroom teaching ...


Addressing The Decline Of Academic Performance Among First-Year Composition Students: A Usability Analysis Of Two Important Online Resources, Kate Zephyrhawke Jan 2011

Addressing The Decline Of Academic Performance Among First-Year Composition Students: A Usability Analysis Of Two Important Online Resources, Kate Zephyrhawke

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

An increasing number of students entering college lack the academic skills necessary to perform well at the college level, forcing professors and academic institutions to lower standards. Students approach higher education as a commodity, and as consumers they assert their desire for easier course work by giving poor evaluations to instructors whose courses they find too demanding or difficult. Eliminating student evaluations is one necessary change that will help reverse declining standards in higher education and increase performance; providing effective venues for supplemental instruction is another. Teaching basic writing skills in freshman composition courses would waste valuable instruction time that ...


Rhetorical Outcomes: A Genre Analysis Of Student Service-Learning Writing, Thomas Brady Trimble Jan 2011

Rhetorical Outcomes: A Genre Analysis Of Student Service-Learning Writing, Thomas Brady Trimble

Wayne State University Dissertations

Service-learning continues to be a popular pedagogical approach within composition studies. Despite a number of studies that document a range of positive impacts on students, faculty, institutions, and community members, the relationship between service-learning and student writing outcomes is not well understood. This study presents the results of a genre analysis of student-authored ethnographies composed in four distinct sections of a service-learning--based intermediate writing course at a Midwestern urban research university. Results of the analysis are then used to develop a contextualized writing assessment framework to evaluate student writing outcomes and to consider the implications of using contemporary genre theory ...


An Evaluation Of Writing Samples By English Learners In Special Education, Brett Patrick Frayseth Jan 2011

An Evaluation Of Writing Samples By English Learners In Special Education, Brett Patrick Frayseth

All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate if there was any pattern in the types or frequencies of errors made within writing samples produced by English Learners (ELs) in special education and whether those patterns differentiated them from ELs not in special education or whether there was commonality between the types or frequencies of errors made by ELs in special education and native-English speakers in special education. The intent is that once a pattern is recognized that the written work of ELs can help aid in determining placement in special education. The quantitative method was applied in this study ...