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Published Studies

Students’ Perceptions of Oral Screencast Responses to Their Writing:  Exploring Digitally-Mediated Identities

Collaborated with: Dr. Chris Anson and Dr. Deanna Dannels

This study explores the intersections among facework, feedback interventions, and digitally-mediated modes of response to student writing. Specifically, this project explores screencast response to written work, through students’ perceptions of its affordances and through dimensions of its role in the mediation of face and the construction of identities. In particular, our research sought to answer two questions: What are students’ uses of and general perceptions of screencast responses as a mode of feedback? What do students perceive are the face-related functions of screencast as a mode of feedback?  Results from the surveys and interviews suggest that teachers used screencast technologies in ways that acknowledged face-related issues, even if they did so tacitly. Screencast technology appears to have created an evaluative space in which teachers and students could perform digitally-mediated pedagogical identities that were relational, affective, and distinct. Article currently under review. 



Crime victims' attributions for survival

Collaborated with: Dr. Kama Kosenko

This study explored the reasons that victims provide for surviving violent crimes, and aimed to answer this research question: To what do crime victims attribute their survival? We analyzed 51 existing televised interviews of violent-crime victims featured in the series I Survived. Our analysis indicated that crime survival attributions took one of two forms: survival because statements and survival for statements. Survival because statements detailed how individuals survived, and survival for statements described why they lived. These interviews evidenced the depths of human depravity and, perhaps, more importantly, the power and resilience of the human spirit. The interviews also demonstrated how survivors made sense of the senseless. Manuscript submitted for publication and published in Communication Studies, 65(1), 39-55.


“I Survived”: The content and forms of survival narratives

Collaborated with: Dr. Kama Kosenko

This study assessed the content and forms of narratives told by survivors of violent crime and aimed to answer these research questions: RQ1: What types of narratives are told by survivors of violent crimes? and RQ2: What are the common lexical features of the narratives told by survivors of violent crimes? In our sample, narratives of growth and optimism, grief and loss, providence, self-reliance, and justice were common. These narratives also featured common lexical properties, including internal monologue, verb tense changes, and similes/metaphors. Article published on line in the Journal of Loss & Trauma, 30 May 2013



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