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ERIC Number: EJ906047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1079-0195
Finding "Sponsorship" in the Academy: Three Case Studies of First-Year Writing Students
Hollander, Pam
Journal of College Reading and Learning, v41 n1 p29-48 Fall 2010
Herrington & Curtis (2000), building on Goldblatt's (1995) idea of the "sponsoring institution," (p. 48) showed students' need for a personal sense of connection with a "sponsoring discourse" when writing in the academy. As Herrington and Curtis, as well as Goldblatt point out, these "sponsoring discourses" often come from outside the academy. Students may find other discourses in or outside the curriculum more compelling than the social constructivist discourses introduced in the class. This study of three first-year basic writing students suggests that students' previous identities, which make up what Ivanic calls the "autobiographical self," (p. 24), seem to impact how they reacted to the social constructivist elements of the curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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