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Genre Knowledge in Disciplinary Communication

Genre Knowledge in Disciplinary Communication: Cognition/culture/power
(Routledge, 1994)

Carol Berkenkotter and Thomas N. Huckin

Although genre studies abound in literary criticism, researchers and scholars interested in the social contexts of literacy have recently become interested in the dynamic, rhetorical dimensions of speech genres. Within this burgeoning scholarly community, the authors are among the first researchers working within social science traditions to study genre from the perspective of the implicit knowledge of language users. Thus, this is the first sociocognitive study of genre using case-study, naturalistic research methods combined with the techniques of rhetorical and discourse analysis. The term "genre knowledge" refers to an individual's repertoire of situationally appropriate responses to recurrent situations–from immediate encounters to distanced communication through the medium of print, and more recently, the electronic media. One way to study the textual character of disciplinary knowledge is to examine both the situated actions of writers, and the communicative systems in which disciplinary actors participate. These two perspectives are presented in this book. [More]

Virtual Peer Review

Virtual Peer Review: Teaching and Learning About Writing in Online Environments
(SUNY Press, 2004)

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch

Offers a thorough look at peer review in virtual environments. In a reassessment of peer review practices, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch explores how computer technology changes our understanding of this activity. She defines "virtual peer review" as the use of computer technology to exchange and respond to one another's writing in order to improve it. Arguing that peer review goes through a remediation when conducted in virtual environments, the author suggests that virtual peer review highlights a unique intersection of social theories of language and technological literacy. [More]

The Hope and the Legacy

The Hope and the Legacy: The Past, Present and Future of "Students' Right" to Their Own Language
(Hampton Press, 2005)

Patrick Bruch and Richard Marback, Eds.

This book engages the formative influence on composition studies of the landmark 1974 "Students' Right" to Their Own Language resolution. Combining elements of documentary history and a collection of original scholarship, this book enables current professional hopes for the teaching of writing to be invigorated and informed by the lessons available within the legacy of debate over issues raised by "Students' Right." These include issues of racial identity and language diversity, social justice and literacy education, language politics and teacher attitudes, and classroom practices and the purposes of schooling in a pluralistic democracy. As a collection it provides a resource for historically contextualized and theoretically informed engagements with the central tensions facing teachers, students, and scholars in the field. Taken together the essays track the impact of the "Students' Right"resolution through the past and into the future, enriching discussions of how research and practice in composition studies can best address issues of racial identity, writing instruction, and the purpose of schooling. [More]

Partnering in the Learning Marketspace

Partnering in the Learning Marketspace, Volume 4, Educause Leadership Strategies
(Jossey-Bass, 2001)

Ann Duin, Linda L. Baer, and Doreen Starke-Meyerring

Partnering in the Learning Marketspace describes how leaders in higher education, government, community, and business can form productive partnerships to leverage the best content and provide a gateway to that content for learners around the globe. The authors present a framework for understanding the learning marketspace concept and offer an engaging blueprint for developing and implementing partnerships to support lifelong learners. The book includes practical information that will help potential learning marketspace partners learn to: understand the dynamics of marketspace portals; set priorities for partnering; assess partnership readiness; overcome obstacles to building partnerships; develop tools to support learners in e-mentor and e-community relationships; and identify leadership competencies in a global learning marketspace. The book includes insightful commentaries by national and international education leaders who have participated in electronic learning environments. [More]

The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition

The Viability Of The Rhetorical Tradition
(SUNY Press, 2005)

Richard Graff, Arthur E. Walzer, Steven Mailloux, and Janet M. Atwill, Eds.

Interrogates the story of rhetoric promoted in standard historical accounts and reconsiders the relationship between rhetorical theory, practice, and pedagogy. The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition reconsiders the relationship between rhetorical theory, practice, and pedagogy. Continuing the line of questioning begun in the 1980s, contributors examine the duality of a rhetorical canon in determining if past practice can make us more (or less) able to address contemporary concerns. Also examined is the role of tradition as a limiting or inspiring force, rhetoric as a discipline, rhetoric's contribution to interest in civic education and citizenship, and the possibilities digital media offer to scholars of rhetoric. [More]

Cyberliteracy

Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet with Awareness
(Yale University Press, 2003)

Laura Gurak

The Internet has changed our social spaces, our political and social realities, our use of language, and the way we communicate, all with breathtaking speed. Almost everyone who deals with the Internet and the new world of cyberspace communication at times feels bewildered, dismayed, or even infuriated. In this clear and helpful book, computer communications scholar Laura J. Gurak takes a close look at the critical issues of online communication and discusses how to become literate in the new mass medium of our era. [More]

Received Honorable Mention for the 2002 Educator’s Award given by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

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Writing Technology

Writing Technologies: Studies in the Materiality of Literacy (Erlbaum, 1996)

Christina Haas

This book is about the relationship of writing to its technologies. It uses history, theory and empirical research to argue that the effects of computer technologies on literacy are complex, always incomplete, and far from unitary—despite a great deal of popular and even scholarly discourse about the inevitability of the computer revolution. The author argues that just as computers impact on discourse, discourse itself impacts technology and explains how technology is used in educational settings and beyond. [More]

Studies in Language Testing: A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests

A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests
(Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Anne Lazaraton

Language testers have generally come to recognize the limitations of traditional statistical methods for validating oral language tests. They have begun to consider more innovative approaches to test validation, approaches that promise to illuminate the assessment process itself, rather than just assessment outcomes (i.e., ratings). One such approach is conversation analysis (or CA), a rigorous empirical methodology developed by sociologists, which employs inductive methods in order to discover and describe the recurrent, systematic properties of conversation, including sequential organization, turn-taking, repair, preference structure, and topic management. CA offers a systematic approach for analysing spoken interaction from a qualitative perspective, allowing one to make observations about a stretch of talk while at the same time interacting with it. This book provides language testers with a background in the conversation analytic framework and a fuller understanding of what is entailed in using conversation analysis in the context of oral language test validation. [More]

Peers, Pirates, & Persuasion

Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates
(Parlor, 2006)

John Logie.

Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates investigates the role of rhetoric in shaping public perceptions about a novel technology: peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. While broadband Internet services now allow speedy transfers of complex media files, Americans face real uncertainty about whether peer-to-peer file sharing is or should be legal. John Logie analyzes the public arguments growing out of more than five years of debate sparked by the advent of Napster, the first widely adopted peer-to-peer technology. The debate continues with the second wave of peer-to-peer file transfer utilities like Limewire, KaZaA, and BitTorrent. With Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion, Logie joins the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Jessica Litman, and James Boyle in the ongoing effort to challenge and change current copyright law so that it fulfills its purpose of fostering creativity and innovation while protecting the rights of artists in an attention economy. [More]

Selling College Literacy: The Mass-Market Magazine as Early 20th Century Literacy Sponsor (American Periodicals)

"Selling College Literacy: The Mass-Market Magazine as Early 20th Century Literacy Sponsor."
American Periodicals. 15.2 (2005): 163-177

Thomas Reynolds

The article focuses on periodicals related to college literacy in the early twentieth century. Representations of the modern college–in fiction, non-fiction, editorials, and advertisements–as a place and an experience receptive to middle class youth, in particular, contributed to a normalization of college as a literacy pathway for many who wished to advance economically and socially. Particularly the periodical "The Saturday Evening Post," promoted colleges as modern institutions fit to train young people, especially young men, for success and advancement in society. Despite suspicions voiced by cultural and academic elites, magazines provided significant outlets for literate skills that students gained in school. Developments in the magazine industry at the turn into the 20th century greatly increased the amount and kinds of texts available to young people. Despite their poor reputation for some cultural elites, magazines often played an "extracurricular" supportive role to the literacy work of high school and college English classes. [Read]

American History & Culture: From the Explorers to Cable TV

American History and Culture from the Explorers to Cable TV
(Peter Lang, 2000)

Donald Ross

In detailing the most significant events that have shaped U.S. history from Columbus to cable television, Donald Ross has provided a concise and essential volume ideal for all high school and college students of American culture. The main emphasis of this book is on the headlines, that is, important national and political events – war and government, including the Revolutionary War and the creation of the Constitution; the complexity of race relations, including the institution of slavery, the displacement of Native Americans, and the civil rights movement; the rise and fall of unions; environmental reforms and the construction of skyscrapers and museums; the emergence of feminism; and the protests of the Sixties. In addition, this book describes major cultural and technological changes that affected everyday life in America, such as the proliferation of electricity and the automobile, the transformation of rural America and the growth of the suburbs, the emergence of radio, movies, television, and different forms of entertainment. [More]

Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom

Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom: Persuasive Practices in Domestic Violence and Child Protection Cases
(University Press of New England, Northeastern University Press series on Gender, Crime, and Law, 2011)

Mary Lay Schuster and Amy D. Propen.

Provides a deeply textured view of how victims’ voices are introduced and heard in courts

This volume examines sentencing hearings in criminal court and the presentation of victim impact statements, as well as child protection cases in juvenile court and the recommendations of guardians ad litem (GALS). Through interviews, observations, and textual analysis, all deeply grounded in an innovative court watch program, the authors illuminate the most effective persuasive practices of victim advocates and GALS as they help protect the rights and needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Mary Lay Schuster and Amy D. Propen offer nuanced interpretations of these strategies in the courtroom setting and provide an understanding of how to develop successful advocacy for vulnerable parties in the legal arena. [More]