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Unfulfilled Promise: A Study of a Basic Writer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Title:Unfulfilled Promise: A Study of a Basic Writer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Authors:McLean, Celine
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:In an ethnographic study of a student writer, Boundary Conversations authors McCarthy and Fishman introduce the two questions which Geertz says are central to ethnographic research. "What ' s going on here?" and "What the devil do these people think they're doing?" (1990, p. 423). I became interested in how these questions apply to student writers in an Honors class I took from Professor Joy Marsella during the Spring semester of 1992. The topic was Academic Literacies and in the class we discussed how students learn to write and develop as writers. We read many case studies and other types of research about student writers. We studied how students learn to write and the various problems they may encounter while doing so. After reading these many examples, we were required to use the methods we had read about in our own case studies. I completed two case studies, one of myself and one of another student in one of my classes. I tracked the writing process for one writing assignment and tried to make some conclusions about how I and my subject completed writing assignments and how we developed as writers.
Pages/Duration:78 pages
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