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Cultural Studies and Web Research in Composition

by Michelle Sidler


Teaching web research is an increasingly popular way to bring the immediacy of the Internet into the composition classroom. However, web research can be technically complicated and may produce unpredictable search results. These difficulties are further complicated by the use of a cultural studies approach and by assignments that highlight popular cultural activities such as television shows.

Using examples of web research results, this text discusses problems with the quality of information retrieved and the cultural implications of these problems. I explore questions raised about information and advertising on the web, as well as the possibilities and contradictions of employing a cultural studies approach in the networked classroom.

This web was peer-reviewed by Dean Fontenot and Steve Krause of the Kairos  Editorial Board.

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About the Author
Michelle Sidler, a doctoral student at Purdue University, continues research and writing on her dissertation, "From Modes to Media: Genre and Pedagogy in Composition." Specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, she is also co-writing a textbook entitled Networks of Writing with her colleagues Richard Morris and Tim Krause. Both of these projects, as well as the following hypertext, reflect her interest in combining cultural studies and networked approaches to composition pedagogy.

KAIROS Enter the Archived Version of this Hypertext
Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 1 No. 3 Fall 1996