Elements of voice in student composition

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2014-08

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Knowles, Lynn Marie Robinson

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Voice. That elusive quality desired by composition instructors. That indefinable characteristic identified on many large-scale essay scoring rubrics. This study is an attempt to reconcile the disparate views of voice in student academic composition. Beginning with an overview of voice as discussed by compositionists over the past century, the examination then turns to student composition and teacher response to student composition samples using national rubrics as guidelines. Responses to the study indicate that the differing views of voice are not so far apart: voice transcends any one element of composition; it encompasses both content and style. The dissertation concludes with a new approach toward voice in composition and pedagogical implications.

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Rhetoric, Language, literature, and linguistics

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