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Williams, Amy D.; Johnson, Sarah Kate; Shumway, Anika; Eggett, Dennis L. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2021
At a time when antiracist teaching is increasingly needed, this article reports on an IRB-approved, mixed-methods study of high school seniors' affective experiences in an antiracist English language arts classroom. We find that students in this study became less scared and more confident writers. They attributed these positive changes to…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Language Arts, Racial Bias, Social Justice
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LaFollette, Kristin – Journal of Basic Writing, 2021
The Dada and Surrealist movements are known for producing work that challenges reader-viewers' perceptions of reality. These movements also prompted creators to experiment with unexpected mediums and materials, and this can be seen through the intersection of visual art and writing. This essay emphasizes the importance of an interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Art Expression, Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Activities
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Baez, Elizabeth; Carlo, Rosanne – Journal of Basic Writing, 2021
The authors discuss their process of actively working to generate interest among graduate students and faculty to change approaches to Basic Writing pedagogy, emphasizing personal writing and antiracist pedagogies at College of Staten Island CUNY, a large public university. The authors argue that master's level coursework and faculty professional…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Student Teachers, Masters Programs, Professional Development
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Suh, Emily K.; McGee, Barrie E.; Owens, Sam – Journal of Basic Writing, 2021
In the hopes of deepening Basic Writing instructors' critical awareness of their authority in assigning meaning to student experience, we present a case study of two adult-arrival immigrant students. We explore the ways that writing instructors and tutors encourage students' personal narratives of persistence--rather than actual persistence…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Immigrants, Personal Narratives, Student Experience
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Bartholomae, David – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
I retired from teaching in August, 2018. In the fall semester of that academic year, I taught a section of Basic Writing (now called "Workshop in Composition"), one of the courses I taught in the fall of 1975, my first year at the University of Pittsburgh. This essay is a documentary account of that course, including writing assignments…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Assignments, College English, English Curriculum
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Molloy, Sean; Fonville, Silvester; Salam, Abdus – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
Since the 1970s, legacy Basic Writing systems have survived despite growing resistance grounded in an increasing awareness of their troubling roots and harmful effects. In this article, two 2017 basic writing students and their teacher conduct a mixed-method "postmortem" examination of the now eliminated zero-credit course and writing…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, College English, College Students, School Desegregation
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Nicholes, Justin; Reimer, Cody – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
In the context of ongoing discussions about student costs of non-credit developmental writing, this study reports on the affordances of Basic Writing as a traditional, stand-alone course at a career-focused, four-year university. Participants were students who took Basic Writing and Composition 1 between Fall 2011 and Spring 2013 (N = 2,693) in…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Developmental Studies Programs, Freshman Composition, Writing Achievement
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Bruno, Gregory – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
As the cost of college tuition continues to soar, community colleges and state and local governments offer a wide range of access and opportunity programs to best serve low-income and academically underprepared students. In this article, I present a case study of two instructors, both of whom regularly teach Basic Writing courses at the community…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Teachers, College Faculty, Community Colleges
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Hall, Kailyn Shartel – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
At a four-year public comprehensive university in 2017, a mandated attempt to implement a corequisite model for Basic Writing education challenged assumptions about the types of students enrolled in the existing program. Students, who by institutional placement measures (ACT scores) would be placed in First-Year Writing, were voluntarily enrolling…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Barriers, Advanced Placement
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Ihara, Rachel – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
This article argues that the national trend to replace developmental writing programs with mainstreaming and corequisite courses presents an important opportunity to reconsider writing goals and assessment practices for all students. This insight emerges in part from data collected over several semesters at one community college, which showed that…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Freshman Composition, Acceleration (Education), Educational Change
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Suh, Emily; Jensen, Darin – Journal of Basic Writing, 2020
This article examines transdisciplinarity in developmental education and Basic Writing in the context of externally-driven developmental education reforms. We report on a pilot study survey of 143 developmental educators regarding their professional identity, engagement, and resilience. Respondents identified professional roles and interactions…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Interdisciplinary Approach, Resilience (Psychology), Professional Identity
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Dean, Ann C. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
After eliminating a developmental writing course and creating an accelerated "Studio" composition course for basic writers, I investigated these students' needs (uninterrupted time, quiet spaces, social support, and academic help) and the resources that met those needs. Qualitative analysis of interviews with forty-nine students…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Student Needs, Freshman Composition, College Freshmen
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McBride, Maureen; Sweeney, Meghan A. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
Resurgence in college-level reading research has led to studies on rhetorical reading and reading transfer, but often absent from these discussions are student emotions about reading and themselves as readers. Our qualitative study explores these emotions by examining how basic writing students perceive ideal readers and reading difficulties. Our…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, College Students, Psychological Patterns, Reading Attitudes
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Brown, Tessa – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
This article writes the histories of CUNY Open Admissions and hiphop toward each other, illuminating both. Bringing Open Admissions to bear on hiphop history helps us see that, while historians locate the birth of hiphop culture in a 1970s New York gutted by divestment and displacement, in fact the decade before hiphop's birth was characterized by…
Descriptors: Music, College Admission, Educational History, Open Universities
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Komlos, Barbara Z. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
Native Americans are largely absent from the basic writing literature, yet their experiences and identity construction as emerging academic writers offer important insights for college writing instructors. This study addresses previous research on Native American college writers, the legacy of education and writing in Native communities, and the…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, American Indian Education, College Students, Alaska Natives
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