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ERIC Number: EJ985816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
The Value of Troublesome Knowledge: Transfer and Threshold Concepts in Writing and History
Adler-Kassner, Linda; Majewski, John; Koshnick, Damian
Composition Forum, v26 Fall 2012
Using "threshold concepts" (Meyer and Land) as a lens, this article examines several issues related to learning within and across two general education courses--one in writing and one in history--in which students were concurrently enrolled. Analysis of data from students and instructors (of the history course) suggests threshold concepts that are shared among history and writing courses; however, the data also indicate that the extent to which these shared concepts are enacted through instruction is somewhat inconsistent. The article ultimately suggests that threshold concepts might prove a productive frame through which to consider questions related to writing and transfer, and also to general education more broadly. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California