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Basic Writers and Learning Communities

Rachelle L. Darabi
Journal of Basic Writing
Vol. 25, No. 1 (SPRING 2006), pp. 53-72
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43444076
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Abstract

This study investigates a basic writing course within a freshman learning Community at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Multiple layers of data, both qualitative and quantitative, provide a thick description of what occurred overall in classroom over the course of one semester. My findings suggest that basic writing classes more successful within a learning community in terms of student pass rates and increased engagement. Thus, further study of basic writing courses as an integral part of first-year experience programs, especially those that utilize learning communities, should be a priority.

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