Not a Stitch out of Place: Assessing Students’ Attitudes Towards Multimodal Composition

Jeanne Law Bohannon

Abstract

This article traces a brief history of multimodal composition practices in the field of writing studies. It frames writing instruction through the theoretical lens of democratic pedagogy and presents the works of key composition scholars. The author then describes a mixed methods research study, conducted with first-year students on the STEM campus of a state comprehensive university. Students participated in a survey that asked their attitudes towards multimodal writing assignments, digital literacies, and learning outcomes. The author draws conclusions about the effectiveness of multimodal composition based on students’ responses and provides supplemental information on the types of assignments and examples of student work.

Keywords

multimodal composition; qualitative research; digital writing; composition history; new media

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