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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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Sullivan, Patrick – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
In 2012, the State of Connecticut enacted Public Act 12-40, legislation that dramatically changed the way remedial education was theorized, designed, and delivered at community colleges and regional state universities in Connecticut. One of the most controversial features of this legislative movement was that it appeared to establish a…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Remedial Instruction, Educational Legislation, Neoliberalism
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Toth, Christie – Journal of Basic Writing, 2013
This article discusses basic writing pedagogy at a two-year tribal college, an institution type that has not been visible in the basic writing literature to date. In many tribal college contexts, socioeconomic challenges, under-resourced K-12 schools, and linguistic diversity all contribute to high student placement rates into…
Descriptors: Tribally Controlled Education, Writing (Composition), Two Year Colleges, Socioeconomic Influences
Salas, Spencer – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Recounting the controversy surrounding a town hall meeting on "illegal" Latino immigration at a two-year college in North Georgia, this ethnographic narrative details the aftermath that ensued and its consequences for an ESL basic writing instructor. Fallout included the potential loss of her job, the rumored reallocation of a $5 million…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Two Year College Students, Undocumented Immigrants, Access to Education
Webb-Sunderhaus, Sara – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
The author describes the challenges of a four-year, open-admission institution where equality of access has not equaled equality of success for basic writers. While there is a good deal of scholarship on student departure by compositions and experts in student retention and persistence, some models of student departure and success offered by these…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Success
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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Shaughnessy, Mina – Journal of Basic Writing, 1998
Presents Mina Shaughnessy's 1976 speech, given at a time when great financial crisis threatened to result in the wholesale disestablishment of basic writing programs. Notes grave perils, and outlines some of the truths uncovered through the experience of Open Admissions in higher education, truths that are indestructible despite retrenchments and…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Educational Opportunities, Educationally Disadvantaged
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Gilyard, Keith – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Notes that the debate about required composition courses like Basic Writing has taken a new urgency, given recent decisions and inclinations to eliminate such courses at four-year colleges in City University of New York and elsewhere. Revisits that debate (some of which occurred in this same journal in the 1990s) and argues for movement beyond a…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Equity (Finance)
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Lu, Min-Zhan; Horner, Bruce – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Argues that Basic Writing students, teachers, and scholarship are crucial to enabling colleges and universities to realize their ideals of diversity, interdisciplinarity, and student-centered learning. Calls for more research exploring the potential of basic writing students to develop (and help others develop) "borderland" perspectives which may…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Institutional)
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Mutnick, Deborah – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Argues that the confluence of conservative and scholarly attacks on basic writing instruction can only be understood viewed in its larger sociohistorical context. Outlines the strategic value of basic writing and underscores the need to defend it while acknowledging the importance of concerns about the dangers of tracking, stereotyping, and…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Higher Education, Justice
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Shor, Ira – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Argues that the "failure" of traditional writing instruction is actually its success, protecting the elite and maintaining inequality, which requires mass failure and illiteracy to preserve the unequal hierarchies now in place. Argues that bogus testing should be eliminated, basic writing mainstreamed into an expanded and untracked form of…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Community Involvement, Freshman Composition
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Fox, Tom – Journal of Basic Writing, 1993
Argues that easy claims about the relationship between language mastery and academic or economic access (made by both conservative commentators on education and mainstream writing teachers) are false and obscure real social and political boundaries, such as racism, sexism, elitism, and homophobia, that really do prevent access. (SR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Economic Opportunities, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Collins, Terence; Blum, Melissa – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Discusses the state of access to higher education among disenfranchised students, considering the systemic attack on economically impoverished students in higher education. Describes a group of students enrolled in the University of Minnesota General College under a pilot welfare reform program which was terminated abruptly for political reasons.…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Economic Factors, Higher Education
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Rodby, Judith; Fox, Tom – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Discusses principles about writing instruction that emerged from mainstreaming basic writers in first-year composition at California State University, Chico: (1) students learn college writing by being in the context of college writing, not some other context; and (2) literacy learning does not come in discreet levels. Describes how writers in…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Freshman Composition, Higher Education