Research in Basic Writing

Research in Basic Writing

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This reference handbook surveys research on the central issue associated with the teaching of unprepared writers. Though basic writing has only been recognized as a distinct area of teaching and research since 1975, the existing bibliographic texts already seem limited due to their age or lack of annotation. This volume provides current and extensive bibliographic essays and will help to define this new field of study for teachers and researchers. Following an introduction that summarizes the origins and significant texts in basic writing, the book is divided into three sections, Social Science Perspectives, Linguistic Perspectives, and Pedagogical Perspectives. The first section, which contains three essays, views the field through the lens of social, psychological, and political issues. The second section, also containing three essays, examines contributions made from studies of grammar, dialects, and second-language acquisition. The third section, in its four essays, focuses on the design, development, administration, and evaluation of basic writing courses, the use of computers in basic writing classrooms, the role of the writing lab, and the preparation of basic writing teachers. An appendix that reviews current textbooks for basic writing courses is also included, as well as an index. This book will be a valuable resource for teachers of basic writing, in education courses and workshops that train teachers and tutors, and in fields such as linguistics, technical writing, and Teaching English as a Second Language. It will also be an important addition to public and university libraries and many education programs.Since the test has been used for placement of basic writers at Northern Virginia Community College, Johnson notes that classes are more ... Essays are read only for those students aquot;whose objective scores cluster at the dividing point between two different levelsaquot; (22). Standardized tests are used exclusively for determining placement in the expository writing programs, for example, at both New Yorkanbsp;...

Title:Research in Basic Writing
Author:Michael G. Moran, Martin James Jacobi
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 1990-01-01


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