CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Understanding Audience: Using Online Surveys in First-Year Writing Courses

Department

Department of Writing and Communication

Publication Date

3-2009

Publication Title

Teaching English in the Two-Year College

ISSN

0098-6291

Volume

36

Issue/No.

3

First Page

294

Last Page

300

Abstract

Although students must understand the rhetorical medium that they use to present their proposals to their fellow classmates, they must also understand how audiences shape the rhetorical medium and shape how they create texts. Surveying audience members can help students figure out the best strategies to present their proposals and, in doing so, can help students address the differing opinions that audience members might have. In this article, the author describes how her students use online surveys in order to gather information about their audiences--information that helps them create persuasive presentations in a first-year writing course.

ORCID ID

0000-0003-4639-5864

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