In this article we propose, theorize, demonstrate, and report early results from a course that approaches first-year composition as Introduction to Writing Studies. This pedagogy explicitly recognizes the impossibility of teaching a universal academic discourse and rejects that as a goal for first-year composition.
Her research interests center on genre theory, transfer of writing-related knowledge, and infusing composition classrooms with the field's best understandings of how writing works. She is currently conducting a study examining the impact of smaller class size on the learning of composition students, as well as a study examining the impact of the writing-about-writing pedagogy on student writing and attitudes about writing.
Doug Downs is an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition in the Department of English at Montana State University. His research interests center on research-writing pedagogy and facilitating undergraduate research both in first-year composition and across the undergraduate curriculum.
He continues to work extensively with Elizabeth Wardle on writing-about-writing pedagogies and is currently studying problems of researcher authority in undergraduate research in the humanities. Elizabeth and Doug, along with several of their colleagues, have been furthering the conversation on writing-about-writing pedagogy on their Bedford Bits blog, Write On: Notes on Teaching Writing about Writing.
Visit the blog to contribute to the discussion and get some useful tips for teaching with Writing about Writing:DOWNS AND WARDLE / TEACHING ABOUT WRITING.
largely ignored the implications of this research and theory and continued to assure its publics (faculty, administrators, parents, industry) that . When Doug Downs and Elizabeth Wardle published their article вЂњTeaching about Writing, Righting MisconceptionsвЂќ in June , they challenged the field to imagine a .
Mar 31, · Wardle and Downs explain that the essays need act only as “springboards” to help students think about “their own reading and writing experiences,” with student writing remaining at the center of the course (Writing about Writing vii).
Furthermore, creating a reader of composition scholarship rather than a rhetoric that summarizes such. Jan 27, · Downs, Douglas and Elizabeth Wardle. "Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions: (Re)Envisioning "First-Year Composition" as "Introduction to Writing Studies." CCC (June ) The authors argue for transforming the required first-year course, usually taught as a introduction to the skills necessary to write "academic discourse" into a course that introduces .
Young Scholars in Writing is pleased to announce that Dr. Doug Downs at. Clouds, or wordles generated by Wordle, were used in an action research project.
You will be doing some writing during the session that you. Downs, Douglas and Elizabeth Wardle. “Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions: (Re)envisioning “First-Year Composition” as “Introduction to .