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Maloy, Jennifer – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
This article argues the importance of designing writing placement procedures that support linguistic diversity at community colleges. Using data on community college writing programs and student demographics at an urban community college, it examines prevailing structures of ESL and developmental writing programs at two-year schools and identifies…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Language Usage, Student Diversity, Student Placement
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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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Kraemer, Don J. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This article uses Zak Lancaster's 2016 discovery that academics do not actually write the way "They Say/I Say" says they do to reflect on relations between, on the one hand, facts about academic writing and, on the other, the pedagogical values that underlie and guide those facts--or, put another way, to reflect on how values we may…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Academic Discourse, Remedial Instruction
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Schnee, Emily; Shakoor, Jamil – Journal of Basic Writing, 2016
This article explores one basic writer's evolution as he moves from the lowest level of developmental English at a community college to graduate with a Bachelor's degree. Combining personal narrative, essay excerpts, and textual analysis, this piece aims to expand the borders of scholarship in composition studies to include basic writers as…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Development, Basic Writing
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Ostergaard, Lori; Allan, Elizabeth G. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2016
This article examines two course redesigns undertaken to improve student support, learning, and retention in the basic writing program at Oakland University, a doctoral research university in southeast Michigan, where support for developmental writers has fluctuated dramatically between nurture and neglect over the past fifty years. However,…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Melzer, Dan – Journal of Basic Writing, 2015
In this essay I conduct a Critical Discourse Analysis of the language surrounding the California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office latest plan to curb remediation, the Early Start program. I consider Early Start in the context of what I argue is the evolution of three major frameworks for Basic Writing in the CSU: the CSU Chancellor's…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Remedial Instruction, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction
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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
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
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
Goen-Salter, Sugie – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
For more than two decades the California State University (CSU) has been trying unsuccessfully to "reduce the need for remediation" on its campuses, primarily through initiatives aimed at high schools. This article examines a basic writing reform project, San Francisco State's Integrated Reading/Writing Program, in the context of the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Educational Change, Writing Teachers, Faculty Development
Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Arizona State University's basic writing "Stretch Program" has now been in existence for more than ten years. Statistical data for nearly 8,000 "Stretch Program" students continues to indicate that the program helps a range of at-risk students succeed. This is true, also, for students from under-represented groups, who comprise…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, High Risk Students, Disproportionate Representation, Student Needs
McBeth, Mark – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Basic writing has played a large role in the history and institutional identity of the City University of New York (CUNY). From the Open Admissions era of Mina Shaughnessy to the present day, "remedial courses" at CUNY have been revised in response to different colleges' missions, curricular initiatives, university policies, and public…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Instruction, Courses, Public Colleges
Huse, Heidi; Wright, Jenna; Clark, Anna; Hacker, Tim – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
Responding to mandates from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to eliminate "remedial" or "developmental" courses from state-funded, four-year institutions, the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Department of English developed a college-level pre-first-year writing program for entering students identified as…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, College Preparation, Remedial Instruction, Writing (Composition)
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Boorstein, Karen – Journal of Basic Writing, 1979
Offers exercises for teaching basic writing students how to use derivational suffixes. (RL)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Remedial Instruction, Structural Analysis (Linguistics), Suffixes
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