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Reid, Lynn – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
Though practitioners in Basic Writing studies often refer to "the politics of remediation," there are few pedagogical models that address how to teach this facet of professional life to graduate students and emerging professionals. Most often, this knowledge is transmitted through storytelling, namely narrative-based accounts of Basic…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Programs, Graduate Study, Reading Assignments
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Villanueva, Victor; Moeggenberg, Zarah C. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
For this essay, the authors provide an "introspective retrospective." A senior scholar of basic writing provides his views on the development of basic writing as one who began graduate school in rhetoric and composition two years after Mina Shaughnessy's 1977 Errors and Expectations. That perspective carries us through the discussions…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Educational History, Oral Language
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
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
Otte, George; Mlynarczyk, Rebecca Williams – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In this article, we assess the status of basic writing early in the twenty-first century. Beginning with a discussion of the attacks on BW that intensified during the 1990s and early 2000s--attacks that originated from such diverse sources as state legislatures, university officials, and BW scholars themselves--we go on to summarize the responses…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Programs, Higher Education, Academic Standards
Tassoni, John Paul – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
This essay offers a history of a basic writing course that began at a public ivy campus in the 1970s. Relying on principles of universal design and on insights derived from his school's studio program about ways the institution's selective functions can impact curricular matters, the author describes how the basic writing course was merely…
Descriptors: Educational History, Basic Writing, Undergraduate Study, English Departments
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Harris, Joseph – Journal of Basic Writing, 2001
Presents a revised version of a talk given at the 2001 meeting of the City University of New York Association of Writing Supervisors. Offers a critique of current use of metaphors of community in teaching writing as both utopian and confining. Suggests alternate ways of imagining writing and teaching. Proposes three counter-concepts to community:…
Descriptors: Community, Higher Education, Metaphors, Politics of Education
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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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Sternglass, Marilyn S. – Journal of Basic Writing, 1999
Discusses how public higher education is being brought under intense political pressure to demonstrate that students are proficient in basic skills before matriculating by the end of their first semester. Presents a case study that shows that through persistence and instructional support, students can successfully complete their studies over a…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Case Studies, Evaluation Problems, Higher Education
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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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Miller, Susan – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Examines concerns regarding the current external and internal attacks on Basic Writing in relation to the entire field of composition studies. Argues that new "recognition work" is needed in Basic Writing. Exemplifies the possibility of developing the capacity to see local communities not as places to export composition's beneficence, but as…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Community Involvement, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education
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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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Troyka, Lynn Quitman – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Outlines four ways the basic writing enterprise has failed: by giving insufficient attention to public relations; by allowing itself to be co-opted by traditional academic politics; by not unraveling the confusion of legitimate differences of dialect with "bad grammar"; and by not taking a more critical and enterprising approach to research. (SR)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Dialects, Grammar, Higher Education
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