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Driscoll, Dana Lynn; Gorzelsky, Gwen; Wells, Jennifer; Hayes, Carol; Jones, Ed; Salchak, Steve – Composition Forum, 2017
Researching writing-related dispositions is of critical concern for understanding writing transfer and writing development. However, as a field we need better tools and methods for identifying, tracking, and analyzing dispositions. This article describes a failed attempt to code for five key dispositions (attribution, self-efficacy, persistence,…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Writing Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Attitude Measures
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Selfe, Cynthia; Villanueva, Victor; Parks, Steve – Composition Forum, 2017
In the following conversation, conducted asynchronously through email, three current and former editors discuss the role of publishing in creating a disciplinary identity. Speaking from the academic (Villanueva), digital (Selfe), and community (Parks), and, often crossing these three categories, the editors discuss how the field has failed to…
Descriptors: Editing, Professional Identity, Career Development, Writing for Publication
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Walker, Janice R.; Kelly, Erin E. – Composition Forum, 2017
Since the 2016 release of the Modern Language Association's new style guidelines, scholars and teachers--along with writing centers, libraries, and editorial staffs--have been familiarizing themselves with the changes. Based on a standardized approach to citation, the eighth edition of the "MLA Handbook" asks us to adjust some…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Citations (References), Layout (Publications), Educational Change
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Koupf, Danielle – Composition Forum, 2017
Tinkering is a longstanding material practice that has gained popularity in recent years as a learning strategy at numerous schools, camps, and makerspaces. This article seeks to establish in composition pedagogy tinkering's playful, exploratory ethos by introducing a practice called "critical-creative tinkering." In critical-creative…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses, Literature, Writing Instruction
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Bourelle, Tiffany – Composition Forum, 2017
This interview with Elizabeth Flynn began over lunch at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Bourelle and Flynn originally met to talk about a collaborative research project, but the conversation shifted to their personal lives. Bourelle and Flynn talked about how their lives and their research were intertwined, and…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Interviews, Writing (Composition), Feminism
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Fife, Jane – Composition Forum, 2017
Writers must learn to control factors that influence the ability to focus, especially in what some call a culture of distraction. In our efforts to promote metacognition and flexible writing processes, writing teachers need to engage students in study and discussion of factors in our temporal, social, media, social media, and attentional…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Processes, Undergraduate Students, Attention
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Walker, Paul – Composition Forum, 2017
This article describes and theorizes a failed writing program assessment study to question the influence of "the rhetoric of agreement," or reliability, on writing assessment practice and its prevalence in validating institutional mandated assessments. Offering the phrase "dwelling in disagreement" as a queer perspective, the…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Writing Tests, Test Reliability, Program Validation
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LaVecchia, Christina M. – Composition Forum, 2017
As writing teachers increasingly engage students with audio media, it has become crucial to coach listening explicitly in the classroom, activities that students may otherwise approach passively. In this article I suggest that a rhetorical approach applicable to (or derived from) print texts is not enough to help students listen actively, and…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Listening Skills, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Blaauw-Hara, Mark – Composition Forum, 2017
In this article, I provide an overview of student veterans' experiences learning in the military, from the ways the armed forces operate as a community of practice to how they build the competence of their service-members through application of andragogical principles. I then contrast the learning environment of the military to that of college,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Veterans, Military Personnel, Military Service
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Scott, J. Blake; Meloncon, Lisa – Composition Forum, 2017
How we argue for, create, and mobilize around writing and rhetoric majors will continue to shape our field's disciplinarity in crucial ways, including our recognition, resources, and relationships. The range of such majors and their institutional contexts, and the disparate field-level efforts to track and build consensus around them, generate…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Rhetoric, Majors (Students), English Instruction
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Wilcox, Miranda – Composition Forum, 2017
This program profile narrates how the Department of English at Brigham Young University (BYU) reviewed and revised the disciplinary writing requirements in the English BA program between 2006 and 2015. The story begins in 2006 with the dual problems of recognizing the lack of development in student writing in the major and of responding to…
Descriptors: English, Departments, Bachelors Degrees, Majors (Students)
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Davila, Bethany A.; Elder, Cristyn L. – Composition Forum, 2017
In this program profile, we describe the stretch/studio program recently implemented at the University of New Mexico. This program responds both to an institutional move away from remediation and to the large number of linguistically and racially diverse students at our institution. In this profile, we describe the new program's curriculum, which…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Institutional Characteristics, Profiles, Remedial Instruction
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Harms, Emily; Johnson, Debbi; Rabie, Sara – Composition Forum, 2017
This program profile describes an initiative to meet the college reading and writing requirement for undergraduate students in a premedical program at St. George's University (SGU) in Grenada, West Indies. Two courses were developed in response to concerns that the existing curriculum was not meeting the specific needs of premedical students. The…
Descriptors: Profiles, Allied Health Occupations Education, Undergraduate Students, Degree Requirements
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Willard-Traub, Margaret K. – Composition Forum, 2017
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Writing Program and Writing Center serve an increasingly large number of recent immigrants, international students, and students who as children immigrated to the United States. The Writing Program and Writing Center have for a decade developed curriculum and support services geared specifically toward meeting…
Descriptors: Inquiry Based Learning, Freshman Composition, Student Diversity, Culturally Relevant Education
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Sundvall, Scott; Fredlund, Katherine – Composition Forum, 2017
Drawing from their experiences teaching two different activism-focused writing courses, the authors consider the benefits, pitfalls, and potential dangers of activist writing pedagogy. Scott provides a retrospective on a rhetoric and writing course focused on the employment of digital rhetoric, while Katherine reflects on an activist-rhetoric…
Descriptors: Activism, Writing Skills, Writing Strategies, Rhetoric
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