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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
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
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)
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)
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
Ray, Brian – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
This article discusses exchanges between a number of scholars during the 1990s centering on Min-Zhan Lu's controversial essay "Conflict and Struggle: The Enemies or Preconditions of Basic Writing?" In some ways, "Conflict and Struggle" blazed a trail for later work in "hybrid" or "mixed" forms of academic writing while at the same time igniting…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Writing Research
Rustick, Margaret Tomlinson – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Several states have now implemented policies restricting basic writers' access to four-year universities, and the students most likely to be affected are African American, Latino, and nonnative English speakers. The pressure to speed students' mastery of standard written English, along with the trend toward more explicit instruction in second…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Teaching Methods, Grammar, Educational Games
Ryden, Wendy – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
Literacy narratives have been pedagogically important in writing instruction, particularly in the basic writing class, as a means for students to interrogate the politics of language and education and thus to establish a critical connection to writing. But the literacy narrative as a critical genre is problematic. Such narratives often are…
Descriptors: Working Class, Basic Writing, Literacy, Personal Narratives
Corkery, Caleb – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
The literacy narrative can make a unique contribution to composition studies, illustrating both how our culture inhibits literacy and how people overcome difficult obstacles in learning to read and write. Literacy narratives highlight for writing teachers the life lessons that have advanced people toward their literacy goals. These stories are…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Writing Teachers, Writing (Composition), Personal Narratives