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Title:The Associations with Writing/Reading Through Different Disciplines
Author(s):Imburgia, Samantha
Abstract:I researched a student majoring in English and another in Biology to determine the varying perceptions of reading and writing between the humanities and the sciences. I attempt to distinguish the difference between the two fields and determine if the perceptions governing them are valid. I found that students' perception of writing were establishing by their connection to the writing itself. For Mary, this included her English essays, while for Karen, this included her private journal. They saw these writings as a way to express themselves, allowing their personal identities to emerge. Both of them referred to the English field as a safe haven for this written identity to come through. While the science majors, in Karen's case, and Communication, in Mary's case, seemed to stifle this expressive identity. They both recognize that there are different goals in writing and reading in each field that create this stigma as the humanities as analytical and the sciences as factual. Their data even supports these stereotypes. Both students seemed to perceive writing and reading as a means for obtaining and expressing their identities as well as a way to distinguish different field of study.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ENGL401 Spring 2011: Introduction to the Story of the English Language
Professor Catherine Viera
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-19

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