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Undergraduate Writing Pedagogy in an Era of Digital Ubiquity

Eldin, Addison (2024) Undergraduate Writing Pedagogy in an Era of Digital Ubiquity. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In academia, there remains a broad cultural divide between STEM and the humanities that was identified over half a century ago by C.P. Snow. However, the nature of this divide has changed in recent years as a scientific tool, the digital computer, has become ubiquitous in daily life. The humanities must now contend with how to account for this specialized-yet-ubiquitous technology within its various disciplines, and it is in this contention that I believe composition pedagogy is well-situated to support undergraduate education and bridge the cultural divide. The use of digital technology can be taught via concepts from composition pedagogy to undergraduates at sufficient levels of generality to support their use of the technology in their home disciplines and post-college work.

This approach is an extension of how composition studies has dealt with the incorporation of writing technology into the classroom. In doing so, it attempts to account for perspectives from both STEM and humanities cultures, considering not only what composition pedagogy and humanities perspectives might bring to the teaching of computing, but also how to effectively engage students in technical learning as they familiarize themselves with how to make use of a specialist technology in their lives and work.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Eldin, Addisonaddison.eldin@pitt.eduaag710009-0009-3791-2939
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVee,
Committee MemberLangmead,
Committee MemberPitts,
Committee MemberMiller,
Date: 8 May 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 February 2024
Approval Date: 8 May 2024
Submission Date: 4 March 2024
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 268
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital humanities, composition and rhetoric, computer history, digital rhetoric, digital pedagogy, composition pedagogy
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 17:40
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 17:40


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