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Date of Award

Winter 2019


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Document Type

Thesis: EWU Only

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA) in English: Rhetoric and Technical Communication




This Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study identified higher-order thinking skills in COMP and TCOM students’ synchronous online discussion, where higher-order thinking skills were measured in students’ writing throughout a dynamic process as well as from a final product. Using the revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives in English Composition (COMP) and Introduction to Technical Communication (TCOM) writing classrooms, synchronous online discussions were coded. Information was gathered from classes at a university in Northwestern United States. A quantitative experimental design was used in order to determine if the two different writing courses produced similar results. The results confirm that there is higher-order thinking in synchronous online discussion and that writing courses can encourage the development of different higher-order thinking skills.