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Craig, Jacob W. – Composition Forum, 2019
Extending research on the relationships between materiality and process, this article examines how writers' preferences for particular materials--places, technologies, objects--develop over time. With a specific focus on how materials affect writers and how writers are affected by their writing tasks, this article considers how writers' histories…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Correlation, Preferences, Authors
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Tarabochia, Sandra L.; Heddy, Benjamin C. – Composition Forum, 2019
In this article, we investigate a new construct for conceptualizing learning transfer with writing knowledge: Transformative Experience (TE). With origins in educational psychology, TE has been effective for promoting transfer with scientific concepts in previous research, but not yet considered in relation to writing or other presumably…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Writing Research, Transfer of Training, Writing Skills
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Leack, Ryan David – Composition Forum, 2019
This article explores the "scope," "foundation," and "application" of autoethnography in first-year composition and critical thinking classrooms. I broaden autoethnography's scope from Mary Louise Pratt's focus on colonial power dynamics to engage rhetoric, discourse, ideology, and materiality at large. I argue that…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Autobiographies, Ethnography, Freshman Composition
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Lape, Noreen – Composition Forum, 2019
The forces of globalization and the development of English as a lingua franca have made many scholars and practitioners highlight the urgent need for foreign language literacy. The Norman M. Eberly Multilingual Writing Center (MWC) at Dickinson College addresses that need by offering peer writing tutoring in eleven languages. This profile explains…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Global Approach, Peer Teaching, Second Language Learning
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Gold, David; Garcia, Merideth; Knutson, Anna V. – Composition Forum, 2019
Though composition studies has long sought to leverage new technologies of literacy to help students go public, we remain anxious about our ability to do so, as students commonly enter our classrooms already composing for diverse public audiences in a variety of digital contexts. Yet students, too, are often anxious about these new modes of…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Literacy Education, Anxiety
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Jankens, Adrienne – Composition Forum, 2019
Positioned within our field's work on supporting transfer of writing-related knowledge through careful course design, this article describes the development of a pedagogical intervention designed to help students identify knowledge gaps and pose questions about rhetoric and genre. Below, I tell the story of a 2012 teacher research study that…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Rhetoric, Essays, Freshman Composition
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Passwater, T. – Composition Forum, 2019
This article searches after more nuanced understandings of safe space pedagogies in writing classrooms. Drawing on experiences of teaching a first-year writing course on a campus that had been tagged with white supremacist graffiti, this article uses autoethnography and narrative to rethink the function of place in composition pedagogy and develop…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Educational Environment, Safety
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Michaud, Michael – Composition Forum, 2019
In this interview Dr. Bruce Ballenger and I discuss his career, his many textbooks on writing, his recent collaboration on an extensive study of the revision processes of advanced writers, and the challenges of balancing a career with a foot in multiple academic fields (i.e. composition and rhetoric and creative writing). Dr. Ballenger retired…
Descriptors: Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Revision (Written Composition)
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Tardy, Christine M.; Buck, Rachel Hall; Pawlowski, Madelyn; Slinkard, Jennifer R. – Composition Forum, 2018
Genre has emerged as a central concept in writing studies, with numerous scholars advocating for its prominent role in writing instruction. Despite this interest in genre, however, research has not explored teachers' understanding of the concept, which is critical to how they address genre in their classrooms. This study traces the evolving…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Teachers, Reflection, Focus Groups
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Stewart, Mary K. – Composition Forum, 2018
Collaborative learning theory points to knowledge construction as an outcome of peer interaction, justifying widespread implementation of collaborative activities (like small group discussion) that scaffold toward individual writing projects. This article offers a qualitative investigation into the process of collaborating with peers and the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Freshman Composition, College Freshmen, Case Studies
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Watson, Missy; Shapiro, Rachael – Composition Forum, 2018
While we in composition studies may have grown more sensitive to and welcoming of cultural and linguistic differences in the classroom, we remain far from united in pursuits to combat explicitly in our pedagogies the politics of standardized English. To move toward linguistic justice, we call for unified intention and action across our field to…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Nonstandard Dialects, Standard Spoken Usage, Language Attitudes
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Chaptin, Lisbeth – Composition Forum, 2018
This profile describes the first three years of initiating new writing-intensive seminars for the General Education curriculum at a small, career-focused, Catholic University. The primary reason for implementing the program was to initiate new writing-intensive seminars to replace existing writing-intensive General Education introductory courses…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Workshops, Seminars, General Education
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Hall, R. Mark; Romo, Mikael; Wardle, Elizabeth – Composition Forum, 2018
In this article, we discuss what it means to learn troublesome "threshold concepts" about writing that cannot be adequately grappled with in a single course or assignment. Here, two faculty members and a graduate of a writing major reflect on elements of the writing curriculum, the writing center practicum, and the learning dispositions…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Fundamental Concepts, Writing (Composition), Majors (Students)
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Fraizer, Dan – Composition Forum, 2018
Writing transfer research often illuminates the writing abilities, attitudes, and assumptions college writers bring to a writing assignment, but faculty members across the disciplines may not have the tools for understanding what the students in their particular classes bring to their particular writing assignments. In this proposed model,…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Writing Instruction, Writing Assignments, Course Content
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Russell, Alisa LaDean – Composition Forum, 2018
This article argues that composition studies' professional artifacts and pedagogical materials can perpetuate tacit ideologies about academic language that are in conflict with our field's larger goals toward social justice and inclusion in FYC. In order to exemplify a systematic analysis of our artifacts and materials for their tacit language…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Academic Discourse, Discourse Analysis, Language Usage
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