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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)
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
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
Klages, Marisa A.; Clark, J. Elizabeth – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This article examines the challenges of teaching basic writing today as students come to the classroom with the basic fluency of digital natives but have the same need for learning writing and critical thinking skills that has traditionally marked basic writers. While most basic writers are adept at accessing information digitally, they are not as…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Reading Writing Relationship
Cummings, Martha Clark – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
A lesbian teacher, recently returned from four years in Japan and teaching an intermediate ESL class in a public community college in New York City, struggles with addressing the issue of her own sexual orientation while using a novel with a protagonist who is questioning his sexual identity. The evolution of gay/lesbian and/or queer theory…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, English (Second Language)
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
Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Arizona State University's basic writing "Stretch Program" has now been in existence for more than ten years. Statistical data for nearly 8,000 "Stretch Program" students continues to indicate that the program helps a range of at-risk students succeed. This is true, also, for students from under-represented groups, who comprise…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, High Risk Students, Disproportionate Representation, Student Needs
Heaney, April – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
In this description of a learning community for "at-risk" and basic writing students at the University of Wyoming, I outline the reasons our students resist academic writing prior to their entry into college--reasons largely unrelated to typical perceptions of at-risk students as "lazy" or intellectually less capable. For…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Writing Processes
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
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