"[In the workplace] I'd say that probably about half of our energy goes into framing things in ways that a diverse audience.and I don't mean typical diversity.but just how different people are from one another. [...] I feel like [if] I'm writing to someone who has less time for an interaction that I do, then I tailor my language in a way that I think will make it more immediately accessible to them. [...] I think about the audience and what will move them to action, whereas in college I thought about making people think rather than moving them to action."
Human Biology/Economics Major; Business Analyst
Paul Rogers' dissertation examining a sample of academic writing from 40 study participants provides insights into the multidimensional, non-linear development of student writing, including a possible predictor variable for student writing growth.
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Please click on the links below for press coverage of the Study.
-- Josh Karp on “Does Digital Media Make Us Bad Writers.” MacArthur Foundation’s Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning.
--"Clive Thompson on the New Literacy." Wired Magazine.
--"A New Literacy" The New Yorker.
--"Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers" The Chronicle of Higher Education.
--"Bad Student Writing? Not so fast!" The Chronicle of Higher Education.
--Interview on "The Agenda with Steve Paikin" for TVO (Discussion)
--"The New Literacy: Stanford Study Finds Richness and Complexity in Students' Writing" The Stanford Report.
We were delighted that "Performing Writing, Performing Literacy", written collaboratively by Study researchers and participants, was recognized with the 2006 Richard Braddock award.
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