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Case Study Synthesis

This semester I have been exploring how different theories allow me to explore the writing center as an object of study. Different theories allowed me to look at different aspects of the writing center, helping to approach big picture issues or more narrow foci depending on the theory. All theories bring certain things into focus…

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Case Study 3: Ecology of the Writing Center

My first case study examined the writing center broadly using Foucault’s archaeological method. My second case study examined my specific writing center in light of Spinuzzi’s activity theory and Latour’s actor-network theory. These theoretical frameworks allowed me to examine either the discursive writing center (Foucault) or my specific writing center (Spinuzzi and Latour) in interesting…

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Case Study #2: Analyzing Action and Agency in the Writing Center with Spinuzzi and Latour

In my first case study which used Foucault’s archaeological method to analyze the writing center, I was able to focus on the discursive writing center, thinking about the ideal writing center versus actual local practices, therefore, examining the network of scholarship, ideas, and practices of writing centers. This method was very helpful for this big…

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Case Study Responses & Assessment

I commented on Laurie’s case study. Since Laurie also used Foucault, it was really helpful to think about how we approached this theory differently, and at times seemed to reach different conclusions. Here is a link to my comment:  http://lstankavich.blogspot.com/2016/02/894-case-study-1-foucault.html  For the theory application assessment, I chose to examine Alex’s case study, so I created…

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894 Reading Notes: Genre Theory (Week 4)

I really enjoyed our readings for this week on genre theory as they helped me to begin to draw connections to my previous thoughts on genre, our discussions of rhetorical situation and Foucault’s archaeological method. Caroline Miller and Charles Bazerman both emphasize that genre is more than form or a set of requirements that must…

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Working Mind Map

Since WordPress does not seem to support embedding Popplet maps, I will continually add new images with a date and link to the active map. April 27, 2016 The final version of my mind map is my reorganization of the map. This reorganization was driven by the theory tree activity. Like that map, the texts/theorists…

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Reading Notes: Foucault (Week 3)

While reading The Archaeology of Knowledge,  I was particularly attuned to Foucault’s use of the term archaeology, since that seemed to be the central metaphor of the methodology. If I’m honest with myself, my first association with archaeology is probably Indiana Jones. From these movies, we get a view of archaeology as the project of trying…

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The View from Various Sides

Right now things are quite slow in the center. I am mostly just completing prep work for the fall. Some of that prep work includes hiring tutors and adjuncts for our developmental writing workshop. I have to say, it is very strange sitting on the other side of the desk asking the questions and making…

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First Weeks

Well, I have finally officially started in my position as the Coordinator of the Writing Center–though I quickly learned that because of the formal integration of the Learning Center and the Writing Center and the desire to create a more unified unit, I will be known as the Coordinator of Writing Services in The Learning…

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