Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Discoursal self perception and construction in first year composition courses
by Koger, Michael, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 90; 1517709
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis looks at how the writing that students perform in first year composition courses affects their perceptions of themselves as people and as students. As students enter the university, they learn how to write in the style befitting of the university and their fields of study. This thesis is concerned with how students adapt to and acquire the discourse of the university. Students whose first language is not English may have a particular difficulty acquiring academic discourse. After researching the field of literature concerning this area of study, a survey was issued to students in first year composition courses at El Camino College, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. This thesis looks at the results and implications of the surveys in comparison with the research done by scholars in the field.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Mark
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Rhetoric
Publication Number: 1517709
ISBN: 978-1-267-47070-6
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