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Gunter, Kimberly K. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In this article, I revisit the Elbow/Bartholomae debate, review recent scholarship on academic writing, and discuss the ways that the mandates of traditional academic writing can further disenfranchise already marginalized students. I suggest that, due to the double consciousness with which these students often live, they come into classrooms…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Academic Discourse, Rhetoric, Minority Group Students
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
Levy, Ronna J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In basic writing classrooms and scholarship, reading too often remains invisible; neither research nor established practice provides tangible activities to support reading and connect it to writing. This article documents a search for structured, scaffolded, low-stakes reading activities, a search that moves off the college campus and into the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Reading Instruction, Group Activities, College Students
Pavesich, Matthew – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In the 1990s, leading rhetoric and composition scholars criticized basic writing programs for their "liberalism." Basic writing had its defenders, however, and the ensuing debate exposed deep rifts in the field. This article argues that neither side in this formative debate nor the more recent alternative models of teaching basic writing…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Rhetoric, Political Attitudes, Politics of Education
Mohamad, Mutiara; Boyd, Janet – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
As part of a broad, campus-wide Writing Initiative designed to improve student-writing skills, Fairleigh Dickinson University opened a new campus writing center in fall 2006. Concurrently, a separate component of this initiative was launched to replace the English for General Purposes instruction offered in the traditional English as a Second…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Laboratories, English for Special Purposes
McCrary, Donald – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Private student discourses are often ignored or prohibited in the academy; however, these private discourses are very meaningful, and representative of the ways that students order and speak about the world. Specifically, religion is an extremely significant private student discourse; exploring religious discourse might help students not only to…
Descriptors: Religion, Critical Thinking, Fiction, Books
Shor, Ira – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This essay responds to Jane Danielewicz's and Peter Elbow's recent piece on contract grading in "College Composition and Communication" (December 2009). I discuss the similarities of their approach to my own contract process, finding that we share a quantitative/performative method for grading. I also explore our differences. While they guarantee…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Writing (Composition), Grading, Stakeholders
Rose, Mike – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Standards are the criteria we use to judge competence, and the incarnation of some version of the issue of standards has woven in and out of education policy for the last thirty years. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has been ideological, rigid, and cast in either/or terms. In this essay, I use examples from basic writing and freshman…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Freshman Composition, Basic Writing, Student Experience
McCurrie, Matthew Kilian – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
The current economic and political environment has increased the pressure on higher education to deliver education that is cost-effective, standardized, and accessible. Summer bridge programs have traditionally been one of the economical ways to increase the access and retention of non-traditional, first-generation, or at-risk students. Retention…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Transitional Programs, At Risk Students, Summer Programs
Adams, Peter; Gearhart, Sarah; Miller, Robert; Roberts, Anne – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This article reports on the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), a new model of basic writing that has produced dramatic successes for the basic writing program at the Community College of Baltimore County. Borrowing from mainstreaming programs, studio courses, fast track programs, and learning communities, ALP, for four consecutive semesters, has…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Community Colleges, Acceleration (Education), Mainstreaming
Robinson, Heather M. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
At York College, many of the students fit the linguistic and educational profile of basic writers, and yet there is no remediation built into the curriculum. It falls to the writing center, then, to provide our students with the academic support that they need in order to move beyond being classified as developmental writers. In this article, I…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Educational Philosophy, Motivation, Remedial Instruction
di Gennaro, Kristen – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
Higher education settings in the United States typically include several types of writing assessments. Since tests determining students' placement into writing courses are often high-stakes, it is imperative for those who make placement decisions to be knowledgeable of the different types of learners entering higher education in order to make…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Testing, College Students, Writing Tests
Roozen, Kevin – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
In an effort to live up to Elaine Richardson's dictum that educators and researchers must address "the total linguistic, cultural, and historical background of the learner" (19), basic writing scholarship has addressed a wealth of competencies that basic writers bring with them to the university. The literate lives they lead beyond the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Undergraduate Students, Writing (Composition), Case Studies
Bernstein, Susan Naomi – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
This essay focuses on how young women students in a first-year, first-quarter basic reading and writing course wrote about their connections to the process of identity development as portrayed in the graphic novel "Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return" by Marjane Satrapi. While the circumstances of becoming a student in a required…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Females, Novels, Self Concept
Summerfield, Judith; Gray, Peter; Smith, Cheryl C.; Benedicks, Crystal; McBeth, Mark; Hirsch, Linda; Soliday, Mary; Yood, Jessica – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Mina Shaughnessy's groundbreaking book, "Errors and Expectations," a roundtable discussion was held at the March 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City. This article, based on the earlier discussion, examines the question of CUNY's multiple…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Democracy, Open Enrollment
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