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EXPECTATIONS, INTERPRETATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF BASIC WRITING

Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner
Journal of Basic Writing
Vol. 19, No. 1 (SPRING 2000), pp. 43-52
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43739263
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Abstract

This essay argues that Basic Writing students, teachers, and scholarship are crucial to enabling colleges and universities to live up to their ideals of diversity, interdisciplinarity, and student-centered learning. BW scholars and teachers have developed ways to work with students to better understand the different perspectives they bring to their writing and learning, and to use those perspectives to breakdown barriers between academic and non-academic worlds and develop "borderland" knowledge and perspectives. The authors call for more research exploring the potential of basic writing students to develop such perspectives, and for research exploring the implications of BW scholarship for assisting in the retention of students and the revitalization of faculty committed to interdisciplinary learning. Finally, they call on working with BW students to assist teachers in researching and developing ways of fighting the material social barriers to the education of students and teachers.

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