"Writing is a form of communication, [...bridging] worlds and people and relationships. [...] I think good writing would be the closest you could come to expressing something intangible tangibly. I feel like writing is communicating intangible things: [...] ideas, emotions, feelings, sensations, memory, and those are all things that really don't have words. Those are very profound things. When I think of writing, I think of it as something that should be used to express things of depth, things that matter."
Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity Major; Graduate Student, Education
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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