As a teacher of Basic Writing for over a decade, I have always wondered what motivates those of us who teach this course to continue doing so, as well as the various approaches and perspectives of these teachers. Therefore, I am embarking on an in-depth study to understand more about how basic writing is taught from varying perspectives – from graduate students teaching the course for the first time to experienced professors nearing retirement. Understanding more about how and why we teach this course and these students could help writing teachers learn more about the teaching of writing in general and more specifically, how to engage with at-risk students as they proceed through their curriculum.
Marilyn Sternglass’ 1997 Time to Know Them, which profiled nine basic writing students over six years, is one of the field’s most influential studies of college writers, especially developing and underprepared writers. My study aims to replicate some of the methods used by Sternglass, not only to update what she learned about basic writing students in the 1990s, but to develop a rich understanding of those who have been teaching and teach them now.
Participants will be asked to commit to two years minimally, can leave the study at any time, and will be given a $25 Visa gift card at the end of each semester of participation.
I am hoping to follow three participants from varying stages of their careers – a total of nine participants. Please click below on the participation screening survey that best describes your experience teaching Basic Writing.
- If you are brand new to teaching Basic Writing, doing so for the first time (regardless of how long you’ve been teaching writing), please click here to read the informed consent and take a participation screening survey.
- If you are not so new to teaching Basic Writing, perhaps having done so for two years or more, please click here to read the informed consent and take a participation screening survey.
- If you are nearing the end of your career (planning retirement within five years – lucky you!) and have spent much of it teaching Basic Writing, please click here to read the informed consent and take a participation screening survey.