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Horner, Bruce – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
I frame the continuing value of basic writing as part of a long tradition in composition studies challenging dominant beliefs about literacy and language abilities, and I link basic writing to emerging--e.g."translingual"--approaches to language. I identify basic writing as vital to the field of composition in its rejection of simplistic notions…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Literacy, Language, English
Cleary, Michelle Navarre – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Adult students are more anxious about writing for school, less familiar with academic conventions, and more likely to drop out than younger students. For students learning to move between personal, work, and academic discourse communities, the ongoing and explicit writing instruction argued for in the research of Sternglass, Herrington and Curtis,…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Adult Students, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
Gunter, Kimberly K. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In this article, I revisit the Elbow/Bartholomae debate, review recent scholarship on academic writing, and discuss the ways that the mandates of traditional academic writing can further disenfranchise already marginalized students. I suggest that, due to the double consciousness with which these students often live, they come into classrooms…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Academic Discourse, Rhetoric, Minority Group Students
Sommers, Jeff – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Through the regular use of what Donald Schon has termed reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action, students can learn to improve their "reflection-in-presentation," in Kathleen Blake Yancey's term. Students are often asked to do this type of reflection-in-presentation as a capstone to first-year or basic writing courses. However, a number of…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Cognitive Development
Levy, Ronna J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In basic writing classrooms and scholarship, reading too often remains invisible; neither research nor established practice provides tangible activities to support reading and connect it to writing. This article documents a search for structured, scaffolded, low-stakes reading activities, a search that moves off the college campus and into the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Reading Instruction, Group Activities, College Students
Ewert, Doreen E. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
The early success of the revised ESL literacy development curriculum for international undergraduates at a large Midwestern university suggests that a curriculum which integrates reading and writing activity around meaning-making tasks with texts and focuses on fluency before accuracy is preferable to a skill-based curriculum. Support for this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Kraemer, Don J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
Like psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic pedagogy is a particular way of paying attention, a way of paying attention that deflects attention away from other pedagogies' means and goals. Looking for what psychoanalysis deems the "root cause" of writing problems--intrapsychic conflict--foregrounds that kind of conflict, relegating to the background other…
Descriptors: Conflict, Psychiatry, Writing Instruction, Rhetoric
Flores, Nelson – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In "A New World: Redefining the Legacy of Min-Zhan Lu"(JBW 27.2, Fall 2008), Brian Ray revisits the controversy that emerged in the early 1990s in response to critiques of the iconic Mina Shaughnessy made by Min-Zhan Lu. He offers a reading of the debate that focuses on common ground between the two sides through a metaphor of linguistic charity…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Figurative Language, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
Warnick, Chris; Cooney, Emily; Lackey, Samuel – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
This essay discusses our failed attempts at the College of Charleston to sustain a Writing Studio course. Specifically, we explain how the failure of our Studio course revealed underlying problems in the department concerning the formation of writing program policy, the role of adjunct faculty, the oversight of our first-year writing curriculum,…
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Adjunct Faculty, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
Webb-Sunderhaus, Sara – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
The author describes the challenges of a four-year, open-admission institution where equality of access has not equaled equality of success for basic writers. While there is a good deal of scholarship on student departure by compositions and experts in student retention and persistence, some models of student departure and success offered by these…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Success
Rankins-Robertson, Sherry; Cahill, Lisa; Roen, Duane; Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
Narrow definitions of academic writing often do not serve students well because they ignore the rhetorically situated and social bases for writing and the potential role of writing to span the personal, professional, and civic areas of students' lives. Broadening school-sponsored writing to include writing about family can help students to see the…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Family (Sociological Unit)
Peele, Thomas – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In this article, I describe how policy changes instituted by our State Board of Education prompted the composition faculty at Boise State University to develop a Stretch program. Our goal was to support basic writing students by linking two writing courses (one of which is non-credit-bearing) , thus allowing students to remain with the same…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Interaction, Writing Ability, School Holding Power
Mohamad, Mutiara; Boyd, Janet – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
As part of a broad, campus-wide Writing Initiative designed to improve student-writing skills, Fairleigh Dickinson University opened a new campus writing center in fall 2006. Concurrently, a separate component of this initiative was launched to replace the English for General Purposes instruction offered in the traditional English as a Second…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Laboratories, English for Special Purposes
Shor, Ira – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This essay responds to Jane Danielewicz's and Peter Elbow's recent piece on contract grading in "College Composition and Communication" (December 2009). I discuss the similarities of their approach to my own contract process, finding that we share a quantitative/performative method for grading. I also explore our differences. While they guarantee…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Writing (Composition), Grading, Stakeholders
Rose, Mike – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Standards are the criteria we use to judge competence, and the incarnation of some version of the issue of standards has woven in and out of education policy for the last thirty years. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has been ideological, rigid, and cast in either/or terms. In this essay, I use examples from basic writing and freshman…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Freshman Composition, Basic Writing, Student Experience
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