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Fox, Tom – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
David Bleich's exploration of language conflicts in the university in "The Materiality of Language: Gender, Politics, and the University" helps explain the ongoing struggle over basic writing as between two radically different understandings of language. Progressive educators and writing teachers see language as rhetorical and…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Language Usage, Language Attitudes, Educational Innovation
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Rodby, Judith; Fox, Tom – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Discusses principles about writing instruction that emerged from mainstreaming basic writers in first-year composition at California State University, Chico: (1) students learn college writing by being in the context of college writing, not some other context; and (2) literacy learning does not come in discreet levels. Describes how writers in…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Freshman Composition, Higher Education
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Fox, Tom – Journal of Basic Writing, 1993
Argues that easy claims about the relationship between language mastery and academic or economic access (made by both conservative commentators on education and mainstream writing teachers) are false and obscure real social and political boundaries, such as racism, sexism, elitism, and homophobia, that really do prevent access. (SR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Economic Opportunities, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education