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ERIC Number: EJ776217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 33
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions: (Re)Envisioning "First-Year Composition" as "Introduction to Writing Studies"
Downs, Douglas; Wardle, Elizabeth
College Composition and Communication, v58 n4 p552-584 Jun 2007
In this article we propose, theorize, demonstrate, and report early results from a course that approaches first-year composition as introduction to Writing Studies. This pedagogy explicitly recognizes the impossibility of teaching a universal academic discourse and rejects that as a goal for first-year composition. It seeks instead to improve students' understanding of writing, rhetoric, language, and literacy in a course that is topically oriented to reading and writing as scholarly inquiry and that encourages more realistic conceptions of writing. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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