Nicole Amare's research while affiliated with University of South Alabama and other places

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Background: Although plain language is almost universally promoted by teachers of professional writing, editors, and communication professionals, some have argued that the effects of and preferences for plain style in written messages differ among groups of individuals. Research questions: 1. Do professionals prefer plain style? 2a. Do preferences...
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To help writing faculty learn the language of discourse communities across campus, we conducted faculty interviews as a first attempt to describe knowledge about disciplinary cultures, specifically with regard to writing. Based on the data received from the interviews about disciplinary definitions and characteristics of good writing and how writin...

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... Based on Peirce's triadic model Amare and Manning (2013) discussed a "Unified Theory of Information Design." The three corners in their triangular model of this theory represent the primary categories of visual-communication goals: to evoke feeling (decoratives), to provoke action (indicatives), and to promote understanding (informatives). ...
Reference: 2. ID Theories
... Researchers have long argued for such approaches [6]. Although notoriously complicated, a number of universities have sought to better integrate technical writing courses and engineering courses [4,[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]. In some instances, this has involved professional development for engineering faculty on teaching writing [14,15], providing classroom-tested technical writing tasks [16], and more commonly, close collaboration between engineering faculty and a technical writing instructor from the English department or a writing center [13]. ...
... Yet another study showed that managers ignored management theory written in academic rather than plain style (Pagel & Westerfelhaus, 2005). As a final example, a more recent study documented that US workers strongly preferred more plain to less plain style in routine workplace email (Campbell et al., 2017). As a result of these studies and others like them, much is known about how writing style affects readers' experiences, but the ways that readers perceive writers is still largely unexplored. ...
... 343). Recent research on negative news and how to deliver it suggests that authors can feel befuddled by the best way to deliver it given the emotional responses to having to deliver the information and the various social situations in which such news must be delivered (Manning & Amare, 2017). As Creelman (2012) described it, we need more definitive research that communicates "a process that helps students see the variety of options available to them in responding to what can be an emotionally charged rhetorical situation" (p. ...
... Yet there is limited literature in WAC/WID and writing studies that delves into the dynamics of how groups of faculty come to articulate their tacit knowledge and disciplinary expectations for writing (see Flash, 2016). Research that does focus on faculty members' conceptions of disciplinary writing illuminates their assumptions, values, and beliefs about academic writing, but it is primarily based on individual interviews rather than examinations of groups or curricular systems similar to the collaborative, discursive processes at the heart of WEC (e.g., Brammer et al., 2008;Salem & Jones, 2010;Thaiss & Zawacki, 2006;Zhu, 2004). Reflecting a central philosophical tenet of the field, WAC/WID scholarship often argues that faculty members should be the ones to define the expectations for disciplinary writing and writing instruction. ...