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ERIC Number: EJ917785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Helping Students Meet the Challenges of Academic Writing
Fernsten, Linda A.; Reda, Mary
Teaching in Higher Education, v16 n2 p171-182 Apr 2011
This article shares strategies that educators can use to assist students in meeting the challenges of academic writing more effectively. In order to foreground an understanding of struggling writers, the text begins with a brief review of composition theory and history related to basic writers and identity. It goes on to examine classroom practices that help challenge negative writer identity, especially in relation to formal academic discourses. The authors contend that writer self-awareness provides students with a better understanding of the writing process, additional tools with which to attempt writing assignments, and greater confidence to move through the multiple literacy tasks of the academy and beyond. By inviting students to examine their beliefs about writing and writer identity, these activities are useful in any classroom, across disciplines, in which high-stakes writing is used. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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