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ERIC Number: EJ830550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0147-1635
Service Learning in a Basic Writing Class: A Best Case Scenario
Pine, Nancy
Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), v27 n2 p29-55 2008
This article explores the particular challenges and possibilities of service learning pedagogy for basic writers. Because a number of scholars of service learning and basic writing (Adler-Kassner, Arca, and Kraemer) are concerned primarily with developing underprepared students' academic literacies, I investigated how the students in a service learning basic writing class situated their service experience--represented that "text" rhetorically--in their major academic research essay for the course. The article draws on one student's experience of making connections among the "rich mix" of course texts, including personal experience, as a best case. From this example, I argue for strategies of service learning pedagogy that could better help basic writers achieve their goals for academic writing. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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