Writing across Contexts
Transfer, Composition, and Cultures of Writing
Publication Year: 2014
The authors provide a brief historical review, give attention to current curricular efforts designed to promote such transfer, and develop new insights into the role of prior knowledge in students' ability to transfer writing knowledge and practice, presenting three models of how students respond to and use new knowledge—assemblage, remix, and critical incident.
A timely and significant contribution to the field, Writing across Contexts will be of interest to graduate students, composition scholars, WAC and writing-in-the-disciplines scholars, and writing program administrators.
Published by: Utah State University Press
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1. The Content of Composition, Reflective Practice, and the Transfer of Knowledge and Practice in Composition
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Since the formation of the field of composition studies in the latter half of the twentieth century, writing faculty have worked to develop writing courses that will help students succeed; indeed, in Joe Harris’s (1996) invocation of the 1966 Dartmouth Conference mantra, composition...
2. The Role of Curricular Design in Fostering Transfer of Knowledge and Practice in Composition: A Synthetic Review
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As we saw in chapter 1, we do know something about students’ transfer of knowledge and practice in writing. We know, for instance, that when students come to college directly from high school, they bring with them some school-supported writing practices and understandings...
3. Teaching for Transfer (TFT) and the Role of Content in Composition
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As explained in the last chapter, while several teacher-scholars have created new curricula designed to support students’ transfer of knowledge and practice in writing, we have yet to fully explore if or how the content in a first-year composition class influences the writing...
4. How Students Make Use of Prior Knowledge in the Transfer of Knowledge and Practice in Writing
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As the previous chapter suggests, one significant factor influencing students is their prior experience. Marta and Emma, for instance, who brought to college very positive writing experiences from high school, continue to draw on that prior knowledge almost mechanically, while...
5. Upon Reflection
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We opened this book, in part, by looking at McCarthy’s (1987) Dave and thinking about how we might help students like Dave make sense of the multiple sites of writing in postsecondary education. Toward that end, we began by reviewing and cross-referencing multiple definitions...
Appendix A: Course Policies and Syllabus
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Appendix B: Overview of Major Assignments
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Appendix C: Week-by-Week Schedule
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Appendix D: Interview Questions
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About the Authors
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Page Count: 215
Publication Year: 2014