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Bronwyn T. Williams, “‘A Puzzle to the Rest of Us’: Who is a ‘reader’ anyway?”

Williams, Bronwyn T. “‘A Puzzle to the Rest of Us’: Who is a ‘reader’ anyway?” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, vol. 47, no. 8, 2004, pp. 686-689.  Summary: Williams explores what teachers mean when they identify students as readers; this definition is contrasted with the ways our culture as a whole conceptualizes readers. Williams argues that… Continue reading Bronwyn T. Williams, “‘A Puzzle to the Rest of Us’: Who is a ‘reader’ anyway?”

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Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau and Gordon Brossell’s “Finding Basic Writing’s Place”

Sheridan-Rabideau, Mary P., and Gordon Brossell. “Finding Basic Writing’s Place.” Journal of Basic Writing, vol. 14, no. 1, 1995, pp. 21-26. Abstract: Recent questions about the value of basic writing ask educators to review what authors claim basic writing does. The authors believe basic writing serves a vital function by providing writing support for at-risk students, basic… Continue reading Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau and Gordon Brossell’s “Finding Basic Writing’s Place”

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Anne Ellen Geller and Harry Denny’s “Of Ladybugs, Low Status, and Loving the Job: Writing Center Professionals Navigating Their Careers”

Geller,Anne Ellen,  and Harry Denny. “Of Ladybugs, Low Status, and Loving the Job: Writing Center Professionals Navigating Their Careers.” The Writing Center Journal, vol. 33, no. 1, 2013, pp. 96-129.  Summary: Geller and Denny discuss three leading themes that emerged from interviews with writing center professionals regarding their career: 1) “The Administrative Route versus the… Continue reading Anne Ellen Geller and Harry Denny’s “Of Ladybugs, Low Status, and Loving the Job: Writing Center Professionals Navigating Their Careers”

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Jennifer Grouling and Jackie Grutsch McKinney, “Taking Stock: Multimodality in Writing Center Users’ Texts”

Grouling, Jennifer, and Jackie Grutsch McKinney. “Taking Stock: Multimodality in Writing Center Users’ Texts.” Computers and Composition, vol. 41, 2016, pp. 56-67.  Abstract: Though much scholarship exists suggesting why multimodal writing should be taught at the college-level and how it might be a addressed in writing and multiliteracy centers, no previous studies have tried to document… Continue reading Jennifer Grouling and Jackie Grutsch McKinney, “Taking Stock: Multimodality in Writing Center Users’ Texts”

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Edward M. Write’s “Using Portfolios” in Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher’s Guide

White, Edward M. “Using Portfolios.” Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher’s Guide. 4th ed., Bedford/St. Martins, 2007.  Summary: In this chapter, White provides an extensive overview of portfolios and how to use them. He provides a history of portfolio assessment, explores challenges of a portfolio system and how to respond to these challenges, the content of portfolios–including… Continue reading Edward M. Write’s “Using Portfolios” in Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher’s Guide

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Nedra Reynolds and Rich Rice’s “Portfolio Teaching”

Reynolds, Nedra, and Rich Rice. Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors. 2nd ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006.  Summary: Reynolds and Rice provide a succinct, practical guide for instructors who are using, or considering trying, portfolios as a form of writing assessment. Grounded in assessment scholarship over the past few decades, these scholars showcase questions and recommendations for… Continue reading Nedra Reynolds and Rich Rice’s “Portfolio Teaching”

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Gillian Rose, “Researching Visual Materials: Towards a Critical Visual Methodology”

Rose, Gillian.  “Researching Visual Materials: Towards a Critical Visual Methodology.” Visual Methodologies, SAGE Publications, 2001, pp. 5-32.  Summary: Rose argues that visual images are always constructed, and in order to analyze image interpretations, we must use a critical methodological approach. This chapter also argues that image meaning is created at three sites (production, image, and audience), and these… Continue reading Gillian Rose, “Researching Visual Materials: Towards a Critical Visual Methodology”