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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation explores the rhetoric of space as it relates to academic computer writing locations--specifically, computer labs, computer classrooms, and writing centers. Using observation, surveys, interviews, and textual analysis, the author discusses seven rhetorical principles of design for these spaces, including designing for specific audiences, attention, clarity, enthymematic flexibility, identification, pathos, and shared ethos. Ultimately, applying a rhetorical gaze to these areas can help us to design more effective computer spaces in academia.
Bemer, Amanda Nicold Metz, "The Rhetoric of Space in the Design of Academic Writing Locations" (2010). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 752.