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References and Acknowledgements


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First and foremost, thank you to all of my student participants for their honesty and willingness to take part in this study. Particular thanks is warranted to the students in my fall 2014 section of first-year composition who agreed to be audio recorded: Rose, Jeanna, Betsy, Madison, and Sarah. I have learned a great deal from this process and am so thankful for all that these students were willing to share with me.

So much thanks to Stephanie Vie and Douglas Walls, as well as the peer reviewers and editors at Kairos, for this incredible opportunity, and for all the great feedback along the way. A particular thank you to Dr. Vie and Dr. Walls for taking the time out of their (very busy) schedules to meet with me at 4Cs in Indianapolis to discuss ideas for evolving this webtext.

Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Grouling for providing the impetus to perform this study, as well as for her valuable feedback on the (many) drafts of this piece. Thanks also to Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney for the opporunity to explore and articulate some of the pedagogical implications of this discussion.

A very, very big thank you to Josh Schweigert for his technical assistance in creating the navigational menu.

Additional thanks to Tom Hertweck, Aly Schweigert, Kate Waldrop, and Mary McGinnis for their incredibly helpful editorial comments on both the design and content of this webtext.