Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Mark Joe Noe
Dr. Moriah McCracken
Dr. Deborah Cole
This thesis study analyzes students’ connection to audience in writing samples, gauging the performance of texts written for an actual audience, the classroom teacher and an implied audience, the web. Using Steven Toulmin’s concepts of intimate and stranger interactions, this study suggests that students may make an intimate connection with the mass web audience, thereby allowing an increase in writing performance. On the other end, students identify assignments for classroom teachers as work for the stranger audience, thus creating a writing performance gap. The following is a discussion of possible factors and elements creating this particular paradox in audience identification.
University of Texas-Pan American
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