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Athon, Amanda – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
Scholars such as Diane Kelly-Riley and Patricia Bizzell have argued that the student writing feature most likely to place a student into a basic writing course is the presence of dialect other than standard academic English. This essay examines how assessment practices can foster students' diverse languages rather than inhibit them. I conducted a…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Writing Instruction, Writing Evaluation, College Students
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Parisi, Hope – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
The question of who is the basic writer threads the history of Basic Writing, characterizing many disciplinary tensions and concerns. When traced to Basic Writing's beginnings as part of open admissions at CUNY, the question often links to Shaughnessy's "Errors and Expectations" as a telling of basic writers' language deficiencies. This…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Student Characteristics, History, Open Enrollment
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Wang, Xiqiao – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This article explores the pedagogical implications of translingualism by offering writing theory cartoon as a pedagogical tool to support basic writers' development of translingual dispositions. In a curriculum that challenges the supremacy of standard English over other languages and modalities, this assignment supports basic, multilingual…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Multilingualism, Writing Assignments, Cartoons
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Pfrenger, Wendy – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
Students in rural communities often describe themselves as unsuccessful readers and writers in a university context, yet off-campus their literacy lives may be avidly experienced and richly valued. This article investigates the layered literacies of student clients and writing center consultants on a rural, regional campus in an Appalachian county…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Literacy Education, College Students
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MacDonald, Michael T.; DeGenaro, William – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This essay describes the process of reassessing our BW program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in order to cultivate a more deliberate, transparent negotiation among stakeholders toward a "transcultural ethos." Informed by Bruce Horner's argument that leading-edge work on language and language difference can take place in BW, we…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Language Usage
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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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Bird, Barbara – Journal of Basic Writing, 2013
This article presents the results of three comparative analyses on forty-seven student papers in order to examine the effectiveness of a basic writing course in developing students' academic writer identity. The course curriculum, grounded in social identity theory, focuses on the core writing concepts and dispositions that promote writer…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Self Concept, Comparative Analysis
Lamos, Steve – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
This essay looks to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for strategies that can be implemented in order to combat contemporary neoliberal attacks against the programmatic and institutional spaces of basic writing within Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). Working from Nedra Reynolds' notion of thirdspace-oriented "dwelling"…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Institutional Characteristics, Disproportionate Representation, White Students
Smith, Cheryl Hogue – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
This article offers a revised version of transactional reading theory to explain how students classified as basic writers tend to employ counterproductive reading and thinking processes that inhibit them from full participation in academic life. Louise Rosenblatt proposes that readers have two main positions or purposes in reading--the efferent…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction
Roozen, Kevin – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Dominant perspectives of basic writers' self-sponsored literacies tend to overlook the important roles such activities can play in literate development. Drawn from texts, interviews, and participant-observations collected during a five-year study, this article continues the examination of the relationship between one writer's curricular and…
Descriptors: Comedy, Literacy, Basic Writing, Role
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
Sommers, Jeff – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Through the regular use of what Donald Schon has termed reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action, students can learn to improve their "reflection-in-presentation," in Kathleen Blake Yancey's term. Students are often asked to do this type of reflection-in-presentation as a capstone to first-year or basic writing courses. However, a number of…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Cognitive Development
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
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
Peele, Thomas – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In this article, I describe how policy changes instituted by our State Board of Education prompted the composition faculty at Boise State University to develop a Stretch program. Our goal was to support basic writing students by linking two writing courses (one of which is non-credit-bearing) , thus allowing students to remain with the same…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Interaction, Writing Ability, School Holding Power
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