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White, Edward M. – Journal of Basic Writing, 1995
Suggests that a new elitism seeks to abandon the required freshman composition course and placement tests. Argues, based on two studies, for placement into the course. Argues that the effect of a placement program, followed by a careful instructional program, is to allow many students who would otherwise leave school to continue successfully in…
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness
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Adams, Peter Dow – Journal of Basic Writing, 1993
Questions whether the benefits of separating basic writers into homogeneous classes continue to outweigh the disadvantages. Proposes that teachers gather data about success rates of current basic writing courses (using "mainstreamed" volunteer basic writers) and revise first-year composition courses to ensure they will respond to a wider range of…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Freshman Composition, Higher Education, Homogeneous Grouping
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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