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Dean, Ann C. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
After eliminating a developmental writing course and creating an accelerated "Studio" composition course for basic writers, I investigated these students' needs (uninterrupted time, quiet spaces, social support, and academic help) and the resources that met those needs. Qualitative analysis of interviews with forty-nine students…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Student Needs, Freshman Composition, College Freshmen
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Smith, Cheryl Hogue – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This article proposes to extend the revised transactional theory of reading that I introduced to JBW readers in 2012. That revised theory, building on Rosenblatt's distinction between efferent and aesthetic reading, described a third reading stance I named "deferent" to designate the tendency of struggling student readers to defer their…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Emotional Response, Student Attitudes
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Ostergaard, Lori; Allan, Elizabeth G. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2016
This article examines two course redesigns undertaken to improve student support, learning, and retention in the basic writing program at Oakland University, a doctoral research university in southeast Michigan, where support for developmental writers has fluctuated dramatically between nurture and neglect over the past fifty years. However,…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Teaching Methods
Shapiro, Shawna – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
This article presents a case study of a university ESL program that was highly resistant to reform, despite substantial evidence that its curriculum and policies were ineffective. The author draws on surveys, interviews, and participant observation to show how remediation served not only as an instructional model, but as an institutional identity…
Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Curriculum Development, English for Academic Purposes, College Second Language Programs
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Wolcott, Willa; Buhr, Dianne – Journal of Basic Writing, 1987
Explores developmental students' attitudes toward writing as a reflection of their writing performance. Finds that the skills of students with positive attitudes toward writing improved significantly more than did those of students with neutral or negative attitudes. Includes a student writing attitude questionnaire and a questionnaire analysis…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Higher Education, Negative Attitudes, Performance Factors
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Jonz, Jon – Journal of Basic Writing, 1987
Describes a technique to create, administer, and monitor valid and reliable measures of basic students' writing skills. Shows how the test, requiring students to read a stimulus passage and prepare a written response, uses judgments of experienced language teachers to measure students' writing proficiency. Includes a sample exit-test prompt. (MM)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Test Construction, Writing Evaluation, Writing Skills