Preferred Name

Arta Sejdiu

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ORCID 0000-0001-9261-9991

Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication


Kurt Schick


While longitudinal research within the field of First-Year Writing (FYW) and rhetoric has contributed to the field’s understanding of transfer knowledge in FYW Classrooms, there has been less attention given to empirical research on prior knowledge and how we, as teachers, help students to become rhetorically aware. Both articles explore students' prior knowledge on rhetorical and genre awareness. The pilot studies were conducted in a First-Year Writing (FYW) classroom at James Madison University. By employing different teaching techniques and interventions, the author found out striking results on students' development on rhetorical and genre awareness.



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