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Fox, Tom – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
David Bleich's exploration of language conflicts in the university in "The Materiality of Language: Gender, Politics, and the University" helps explain the ongoing struggle over basic writing as between two radically different understandings of language. Progressive educators and writing teachers see language as rhetorical and…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Language Usage, Language Attitudes, Educational Innovation
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Melzer, Dan – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
In this essay I conduct a Critical Discourse Analysis of the language surrounding the California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office latest plan to curb remediation, the Early Start program. I consider Early Start in the context of what I argue is the evolution of three major frameworks for Basic Writing in the CSU: the CSU Chancellor's…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Remedial Instruction, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction
VanHaitsma, Pamela – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
This article recuperates the notion of "strategic value," but to new ends: rather than arguing whether or not basic writing should continue, this case study looks to one institution where it does, asking what value the category "basic writer" holds for teachers at this site. On the one hand, they confirm the existing…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Basic Writing, Case Studies, Universities
Goen-Salter, Sugie – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
For more than two decades the California State University (CSU) has been trying unsuccessfully to "reduce the need for remediation" on its campuses, primarily through initiatives aimed at high schools. This article examines a basic writing reform project, San Francisco State's Integrated Reading/Writing Program, in the context of the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Educational Change, Writing Teachers, Faculty Development