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Ostergaard, Lori; Allan, Elizabeth G. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2016
This article examines two course redesigns undertaken to improve student support, learning, and retention in the basic writing program at Oakland University, a doctoral research university in southeast Michigan, where support for developmental writers has fluctuated dramatically between nurture and neglect over the past fifty years. However,…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Teaching Methods
Stanley, Sarah – Journal of Basic Writing, 2013
This article presents a pedagogical practice for noticing and negotiating error in a multilingual classroom. Two examples from a classroom are compared to demonstrate the importance of "noticing" in the context of translingual pedagogy. The author's first example offers an attempt to negotiate an error with a multilingual writer without…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Multilingualism, Error Patterns, Error Correction
Alvarez, Steven – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
This article presents a pedagogical model for a sequence of first-year composition (FYC) assignments that encourages students' first-hand interpretations as insiders into the workings of educational meritocracy. I focus on how students negotiate the personal statement, an institutionally privileged genre for the discovery and definition of…
Descriptors: Governance, Intelligence, Ability, Social Systems
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
Pavesich, Matthew – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In the 1990s, leading rhetoric and composition scholars criticized basic writing programs for their "liberalism." Basic writing had its defenders, however, and the ensuing debate exposed deep rifts in the field. This article argues that neither side in this formative debate nor the more recent alternative models of teaching basic writing…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Rhetoric, Political Attitudes, Politics of Education
Rodgers, Johannah – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Theories of authorship and models of the author have been influential in shaping various approaches to composition theory and pedagogy. While discussions of the role of the author and authorship in composition studies have been going on for some time, tensions between the theoretical (author as social construct) and practical (author as agent)…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Authors, Undergraduate Students
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
Kraemer, Don J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
The risk posed by explicit instruction in composition is that the reduction of writing to stock moves and effective devices may diminish the writer's agency and guarantee reproduction of the teacher's. The advantage of explicit instruction is power: overt and recursive attention to selected strategies can help students imagine the public agency…
Descriptors: Assignments, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism, Revision (Written Composition)
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McCrary, Donald – Journal of Basic Writing, 2001
Explores how womanist sermons can be used in the writing classroom with other-literate students to help them produce hybrid discourse that problematizes and expands what is acceptable and progressive rhetoric within the academy. Demonstrates how exploring womanist sermons can help non-traditional students create provocative and analytical essays…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Females, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Comprone, Joseph – Journal of Basic Writing, 1982
Describes the development of the doctoral program in basic composition and rhetoric at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). Discusses the general theory for training basic writing teachers, the kinds of practical experiences they should have, and the course requirements. Includes a bibliography of texts for basic writing teachers. (HTH)
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Higher Education, Program Content, Program Descriptions
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Kroll, Barbara – Journal of Basic Writing, 1990
Discusses the implications of considering different writing components (lexical, syntactic, and rhetorical) separately, in an effort to avoid problems of writing evaluation. Proposes that instead of "balancing" these components, teachers should separate them in working to establish curricula for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students. (MM)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Higher Education
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Moberg, Goran "George" – Journal of Basic Writing, 1990
Asserts that the renewed interest in rhetoric, evident throughout the professional discourse of English studies, is having a salutary effect on the theory and practice of the teaching of composition and basic writing. (MG)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Bibliographies, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Theory
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Lunsford, Andrea A. – Journal of Basic Writing, 1992
Asserts that, if "social epistemic" rhetoric is to realize any of its potential, it must create a new pedagogy that will resist unexamined masculinist assumptions, construct new academic forms of selfhood and intellectual property, and bring students to interrogate any status quo including that with which they are most comfortable. (PRA)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Intellectual Property, Rhetoric, Writing (Composition)
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Lunsford, Andrea A. – Journal of Basic Writing, 1978
Applies Aristotelian rhetorical theory to the treatment of basic writing problems, noting that classical methods of teaching are still valid--and sometimes used--today. (RL)
Descriptors: Classical Literature, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Remedial Instruction
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Farrell, Thomas J. – Journal of Basic Writing, 1978
Sketches the historical movement from orality to literacy that Walter J. Ong theorizes, applying it to basic writing instruction for open admissions students. Suggests that teachers first concentrate on narrative and rhetoric to develop writing about particularized details, saving sentence control exercises such as sentence combining for…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Open Enrollment