In a special issue of The Writing Instructor, Drake writes about efforts at Scripps College to make language more inclusive, arguing that such efforts still reflect a false “gender binary” that erases students who do not fit into the normative categories. She argues for uses of language that refuse the binary and demand recognition of the complexities of gender. Visit and leave your thoughts on this issue! http://collegecompositionweekly.com/summaries/
I’m making my case that there are grammar rules and then there are “rules.” Which ones should we obsess about? http://wp.me/p1KFmw-57
Sweeney and McBride, both of the University of Nevada, Reno, suggest an assignment created by Carnegie Scholar Mariolina Salvatori, the “difficulty paper,” to understand how students understand the relationship between the reading and writing they are asked to do in college. They posit that the instruction they get in their process writing classrooms interferes with their ability to navigate complex reading tasks. See http://collegecompositionweekly.com/2015/07/06/sweeney-meghan-a-and-maureen-mcbride-difficulty-papers-as-insights-into-students-reading-practices-ccc-june-2015-posted-07062015/
Kuebrich argues that collective action is necessary to disrupt entrenched power. He draws on James C. Scott’s Domination and the Arts of Resistance to examine the intersection between the “public” and “hidden transcripts” in as a community addresses tensions with police. http://collegecompositionweekly.com/summaries/
Walters encourages writing teachers to value insights from the students themselves as they encounter college writing. Share your experiences! http://collegecompositionweekly.com/summaries/
Visit www.collegecompositionweekly.com to read summaries of research on the teaching of writing from major journals. Summary posted 18 June 2015:
Ortoleva, Giulia, and Mireille Bétrancourt. “Collaborative Writing and Discussion in Vocational Education: Effects on Learning and Self-Efficacy Beliefs.” Journal of Writing Resaarch 7.1 (2015): 1-28. Web. 6 June 2015.