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The Art Of Rhetoric As Self-Discipline: Inquiries Into Spirit, Sight, Sound , Anne Rypstat Richards Jan 2003

The Art Of Rhetoric As Self-Discipline: Inquiries Into Spirit, Sight, Sound , Anne Rypstat Richards

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation describes and embodies an ethically grounded method for structuring a program of rhetorical study. As a discipline, rhetoric is perhaps uniquely comprehensive, as Cicero suggests when he writes, "No man can be an orator complete in all points of merit who has not attained a knowledge of all important subjects and arts" (De Oratore , Bk. I, Ch. 6). Rather than attempting to delimit rhetoric, the dissertation offers a means of narrowing its scope for individual rhetoricians, namely by focusing on inner necessity and conscience in the approach to study. Rhetoric here is defined as a framework in which ...


Contradiction, Constraint, And Re-Mediation: An Activity Analysis Of Fyc Motives , Elizabeth Ann Wardle Jan 2003

Contradiction, Constraint, And Re-Mediation: An Activity Analysis Of Fyc Motives , Elizabeth Ann Wardle

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

While compositionists have long grappled with what the first-year composition (FYC) course is and can do, the literature has rarely focused directly on FYC motives, nor offered an analysis of FYC motives using empirical data to focus on the ways teachers are constrained and afforded in their attempts to achieve various FYC motives. This dissertation provides motive-related data collected over two years, conducts an analysis of current official disciplinary and programmatic motives in light of the institutional position of the FYC course, and offers a method for resolving the motive-related contradictions that became apparent in the analysis. This method involves ...


Negotiating Technologies And Social Action On The Prairie: Visual, Verbal, And Spatial Rhetorics In The Narrative Of A Public, Interpretive Exhibition , Susan Lee Booker Jan 2003

Negotiating Technologies And Social Action On The Prairie: Visual, Verbal, And Spatial Rhetorics In The Narrative Of A Public, Interpretive Exhibition , Susan Lee Booker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative case study of a public, interpretive museum space examines the visual, verbal, and spatial rhetorics of the exhibition's educational narrative. The site, a national wildlife refuge and accompanying visitors' center, features research and environmental education on the restoration and preservation of tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. The study draws on theory and practice of contemporary museums engaged in professional communication about the environment and engages cultural studies' articulation theory in its approach. Conventional qualitative methods of interviews, document analysis, and observation are employed. Five types of data were analyzed: documents (including newspaper articles, consultants' reports and ...


Eminent Domain: Documents Of Coordination In Agriculture , Adrienne Patrice Lamberti Jan 2003

Eminent Domain: Documents Of Coordination In Agriculture , Adrienne Patrice Lamberti

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In his study of Thomas Edison (The Languages of Edison's Light, 1999), professional communication scholar Charles Bazerman investigates how Edison, rather than constructing a document for one specific audience, purpose, and context, instead would use a single written communication to simultaneously address numerous audiences and to mitigate among the audiences' ideological conflicts. In a 1998 speech at Iowa State University, Bazerman labeled this type of communication a document of coordination.;My dissertation takes the concept of documents of coordination and places it within an agricultural context. Specifically, the Beginning Farmer Center (BFC), a program under Iowa State University Extension ...


A Balance Of Benefits And Burdens: Academia In A Digital Copyright Context , Carol Ann Mohrbacher Jan 2003

A Balance Of Benefits And Burdens: Academia In A Digital Copyright Context , Carol Ann Mohrbacher

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Most academics can agree that intellectual property warrants legal protection, especially in an educational context where their own publications are often traded for promotion and tenure. However, academics would also agree that they require a reliable exemption allowing them to use copyright protected work for educational purposes. Copyright law has historically satisfied both these needs by protecting academic publications from unauthorized use, and by providing an educational exemption that allows educators access to copyright protected work in their classes without first gaining permission or paying a royalty.;In attempting to update current copyright law to match technological advances and to ...


Writing-Across-The-Curriculum In A Linked Course Model For First-Year Students: An Activity Theory Analysis , Patricia Lynn Collins Harms Jan 2003

Writing-Across-The-Curriculum In A Linked Course Model For First-Year Students: An Activity Theory Analysis , Patricia Lynn Collins Harms

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Nine first-year agricultural engineering students enrolled at a large, public, land grant university, who participated in a learning community which featured linked English and engineering courses, are featured in this study. The linked courses were selected and designed to help students overcome the perception that first-year composition is an encapsulated activity unrelated to the engineering curriculum and to foster an environment in which the students were encouraged to make useful or meaningful connections between the disciplines of composition and engineering. Vygotsky's cultural historical activity theory serves as a theoretical framework for the study. In addition, Russell's (1997) synthesis ...


Analyzing Cross-Disciplinary Teacher Feedback In A Communication-Across-The-Curriculum Learning Community , Julie Marie Zeleznik Jan 2003

Analyzing Cross-Disciplinary Teacher Feedback In A Communication-Across-The-Curriculum Learning Community , Julie Marie Zeleznik

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This four-year study of a communication-intensive university learning community (Agronomy 356: Soil, Water, and Fertilizer Management and English 309: Report and Proposal Writing) investigated how instructor collaboration influenced written cross-disciplinary teacher feedback. While some rule-bound knowledge was not shared across disciplinary boundaries, co-assigning and co-assessing a rhetorically situated, argument-based writing assignment enabled my four instructor-participants to collaborate meaningfully and to integrate both agronomic and communicative knowledge into their feedback. Using activity theory, I analyzed how collaboration affected instructors' feedback patterns, roles, and styles, as well as the ways disciplinary knowledge of agronomy and rhetoric was communicated through feedback. My mixed-methodology ...


Re-Imagining Community Identity Through Articulation: A Case Study Of Two Newspapers, A Strike, And A Community's Negotiation Of Change , Andrea Breemer Frantz Jan 2003

Re-Imagining Community Identity Through Articulation: A Case Study Of Two Newspapers, A Strike, And A Community's Negotiation Of Change , Andrea Breemer Frantz

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The work examines how rhetorical practices connect and overlap within circumstances of active negotiation of social, economic, and physical change. Specifically, it asks: can privileging of particularized knowledges, pervasive skepticism, and the individual petit recit of postmodernism co-exist with what James Mackin calls "communitarianism," or reliance on a system of social connections? This work argues that it can, and does, through the negotiation of community identity.;Using case study methodology as well as analysis and application of articulation theory, this work examines identifiable links across public practices. These practices illustrate the active process of community identity negotiation---what links occur, what ...


Negotiated Spaces: Constructing Genre And Social Practice In A Cross-Community Writing Project , Donna Jean Kain Jan 2003

Negotiated Spaces: Constructing Genre And Social Practice In A Cross-Community Writing Project , Donna Jean Kain

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As a critical factor in ordering the production and reception of texts, the concept of genre has received considerable attention from theorists and researchers in rhetoric and professional and technical communication. Theorists suggest that established genres, as authorized forms of discourse, powerfully shape the ways in which people perceive and understand texts and contexts. However, much of the theory and research on genre focuses on the ways in which genres emerge within discourse communities as specific responses to the perspectives and purposes of groups that are in some way circumscribed. My focus in this dissertation is on investigating the role ...