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Agnew, Eleanor – Journal of Basic Writing, 1992
Studies how formerly weak writers manage to write adequately for their jobs. Concludes that the rhetorical, psychological, and social environment of the workplace fosters better writing in basic writers than the academic environment. Recommends writing across the curriculum for duplicating the workplace-writing content in college writing classes.…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Higher Education, Work Environment, Writing Across the Curriculum
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Agnew, Eleanor; McLaughlin, Margaret – Journal of Basic Writing, 1999
Discusses how a five-year longitudinal study of 61 basic writers suggest little correlation between the first-year course and overall success in college. Notes the much lower long-term success rate for African-American basic writers who passed the basic writing course. Suggests that reading is a stronger determinant of college success for at-risk…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Writing, Black Students, Cross Cultural Studies