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References Related to Emily's Project on Native Americans and Video Games

Maleah Powell's website has course syllabi that contain lists of texts that might be useful for thinking about Native American issues of identity or cultural production. Although she's not concerned solely with gaming, I think the texts might provide a good context/framework/theoretical lens for the concepts in Emily's project.

Also, Angela Haas's "Making Online Spaces More Native to American Indians" which was published in Computers and Composition might be related. Her references, which can be found at , is also pasted below.

Notes from Alex's Presentation on Female Avatars and Video Game Characters

I was taking notes of the conversation that was occurring during/in response to Alex's presentation and thought others might be interested in reviewing the questions that we were posing.

Margolis PPT

Here's the PPT from our discussion on Margolis.

Research, Statistics, and Gender

In the readings for today's discussion, I found interesting the way that gender was defined, constructed, and researched. For example, in Rickly's "The Gender Gap," she offers her statistical summary and follows this with:

"Yet , because I operate from a social constructivist perspective, I hesitate to use biological sex as the only variable measuring gendered activity. If we see gender as a social construct we need a variable to measure participation levels according to socially constructed gender" (137).

Displacing the "Displacement of Curricular Content"

In "Reading Between the Code," Maurielllo, Pagnucci, and Winner offer what was (to me) an important recognition of the difficult negotiations that teachers (in a writing classroom and [I would hope] any other classroom) have to make. (I've never been a teacher who had to figure out how to "fill" a class period but rather one who was inevitably negotiating with herself about which activities, readings, assignments could fit into the class period, unit, or semester.) Although Mauriello, et al.

Computers and Composition Pedagogies - Then and Now *Presentation Notes*

***“Word-Processing in First Year Composition” - Moore

“By the end of the semester, more than half of the class which used computers reported using the word processor for written work in other classes” (58). Do our writers report using the softwares we teach in other courses? Is this transferability an area in which more research needs to be done? Should this be our goal or merely a peripheral concern? On what grounds might we base a yes or no response to the previous question? Does this shift from lower to upper division writing?

How does Technology Affect/Change Writing's Uniqueness?

Since the publication of Jane Emig’s article “Writing as a Unique Mode of Learning,” it seems that numerous writing scholars and teachers have accepted/embraced this idea of the uniqueness of writing. (“There’s just something that students learn when they write that they don’t learn in any other way.”) Personally, I do find this mode to be unique. That is, in my own experience, when I am writing, I am able to make connections or think more clearly or understand more readily what it is I think.

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