How is basic writing defined, and by whom? What should happen in classes for students called “basic writers,” and why should those things happen? What’s at stake – for institutions, for instructors, and for students – in various definitions of basic writing? These questions wound through the work of our Winter 2008 section of “Teaching Basic Writing at the College Level” at Eastern Michigan University. Stemming from work exploring responses to these questions by researchers in the field, we have developed wiki modules focusing on five broad areas, each of which is anchored in responses to these questions based on that work. They include:
Class researchers have situated their particular work within the context of their responses to questions about what should happen in courses labeled “basic writing,” why, and how in order to clearly articulate connections between their thinking and best practices in composition and rhetoric research. We hope that these modules continue to extend the ongoing conversation featured on CompFAQ and elsewhere about working with students in classes labeled “basic writing” and about the institutional complexities of this label.
Linda Adler-Kassner|April Baker-Bell|Evelynn Benn|Cristin Bobee|Deb Caton|Dave DeBaker|Ryan Flaherty|Stacey Gray|Sarah Navin|Frank Perkins|Dina Sowers|Daryl Szymanski|Mike Tolinski|Amandine Williams-Abraham|John Yohe