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Untangling the Ecological Knots

Title: Untangling the Ecological Knots: Exploring the Creation and Maintenance of Sustainable Technology-Enabled First-Year Composition Programs.
Name(s): Szymanski, Natalie, author
Neal, Michael R., professor directing dissertation
Southerland, Sherry A., 1962-, university representative
Yancey, Kathleen Blake, 1950-, committee member
Edwards, Leigh H., 1970-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of English, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (172 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In order to avoid repeating the patterns of past failed technology initiatives, eschew various types of paralyzing blame cultures, capitalize on the momentum offered by outside stakeholder interest, and maintain the agency to stay consistent with our own techno-theories and pedagogies, this study develops a model writing program administrators (WPAs) can utilize in order to create sustainable programmatic technology inclusion (SPTI) in their First Year Composition (FYC) programs. In order to achieve this, this study uses a national survey of FYC stakeholders and interviews and focus groups with FYC directors, instructors, and students at three different institutional types to explore the comprehensiveness and usefulness of Dickie Selfe's framework of a three-step process and three additional complications from Sustainable Computer Environments. The findings from this research are then paired with Kristie Fleckenstein et al.'s "ecology of mind" from "A Portable Ecology" to create a sustainability-focused constellation of interrelated and interdependent ecologies that can serve as a model for WPAs to embed in their own institutional contexts and employ in their FYC programs.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9257 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: August 11, 2014.
Keywords: Technology-inclusion, Writing Program Administration
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Michael Neal, Professor Directing Dissertation; Sherry Southerland, University Representative; Kathleen Blake Yancey, Committee Member; Leigh Edwards, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Rhetoric
Education -- Study and teaching
Multimedia systems
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Owner Institution: FSU

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