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Stanley, Sarah – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
Against a Racial Real backdrop, I argue for consciously adopting a sociocultural approach to style in linguistically and racially diverse Basic Writing classrooms. To make this argument, I focus on a multilingual writer named Tejada, who reveals how she had internalized a racialized stereotypical discourse about herself as a minority--a discourse…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Multilingualism
Salas, Spencer – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Recounting the controversy surrounding a town hall meeting on "illegal" Latino immigration at a two-year college in North Georgia, this ethnographic narrative details the aftermath that ensued and its consequences for an ESL basic writing instructor. Fallout included the potential loss of her job, the rumored reallocation of a $5 million…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Two Year College Students, Undocumented Immigrants, Access to Education
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
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
Center, Carole – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Using Susanmarie Harrington's investigation of the presence and absence of basic writing students in articles in the "Journal of Basic Writing" as a starting point, this article investigates the visibility or invisibility of race in student-present articles from 1995 to 2005. The investigation reveals that the discursive practice of colorblindness…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Stereotypes, Authors, Racial Factors
Stine, Linda – Journal of Basic Writing, 2004
Basic writing students and online learning are not necessarily an ideal match. In hopes of stimulating more conversation and research on how technology can best advance the basic writing curriculum, this article first classifies the problems students and faculty encounter when a basic writing class moves online and discusses the pedagogical…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Williams, Jessica – Journal of Basic Writing, 2002
Notes that the number of second language writers in composition classes and seeking assistance at university writing centers is growing every year. Explores some insights offered by second language acquisition research. Argues that writing centers may be an ideal place for second language writers to work on their writing. (PM)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Higher Education, Teacher Background, Teacher Student Relationship
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Stenberg, Shari – Journal of Basic Writing, 2002
Examines issues of student and teacher development and identity. Considers how metaphors for basic writers often constrain possibilities for teacher learning. Notes that as long as educators position themselves as problem-solvers, they foreclose the possibility for changing themselves in relation to students. Argues for the importance of attending…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Classroom Environment, Educational Objectives, Higher Education
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Tabachnikov, Ann – Journal of Basic Writing, 2001
Presents a complex dimension of teacher to student relationships that should be treated with some necessary personal depth. Relates the interactions of two very different students with their composition instructor. Considers how the issue of mother as teacher (and, by extension, woman as nearly everyone's first teacher) has abided with humans…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Higher Education, Mothers, Reflective Teaching
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Ryden, Wendy – Journal of Basic Writing, 2001
Presents a narrative using the metaphors of "hard" and "soft" to raise and discuss questions about pedagogy and the institutional settings of college writing instruction. Analyzes transformations that have occurred in the author's teaching practices in relation to the feminization of composition and an "ethic of care." (SG)
Descriptors: Educational Change, English Instruction, Higher Education, Teacher Behavior
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Anokye, Akua Duku – Journal of Basic Writing, 1994
Describes a pedagogy based on narrative and storytelling that encourages students to appreciate cultural and racial diversity as it helps them become active participants in the broader conversation of a literate community. (SR)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Higher Education, Literacy, Narration
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Yorio, Carlos – Journal of Basic Writing, 1989
Argues that teachers and program designers need to perceive how students' backgrounds, personalities, and previous experiences shape students as learners. Analyzes student evaluations of an English-as-a-second-language program. Suggests techniques for discovering students' reactions to their classes, and for helping them understand the purposes…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Instructional Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction
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Gay, Pamela – Journal of Basic Writing, 1998
Notes that while informed teachers of writing have moved toward more dialogic approaches, they still have colonial tendencies when responding to student writing. Suggests an activity that invites students to talk back to the teacher-reader as a means of helping them move more effectively toward revision. (PA)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Higher Education, Revision (Written Composition), Student Evaluation
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Curtis, Marcia S.; Stelzner, Sara L. – Journal of Basic Writing, 1987
Describes the various stages of instructor-basic writer conferences at a writing laboratory. Stresses the importance of minimizing the teacher's role, and of posing questions as informed readers to stimulate student writing and revision. (MM)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Questioning Techniques, Student Writing Models, Teacher Role
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