We had a rowdy TSIG meeting discussing basic writing!
The TSIG began with a celebration of the University of New Mexico, who won this year’s INNY award for their Stretch and Studio program!
Then, we moved into small groups to explore possible areas for policy areas that CBW should explore. Small groups brainstormed some of the following policy & focus or inquiry areas:
- A statement on ethical textbook selection: instructor-generated, no workbooks, costs, peer reviewed, derived from BW and comp Rhet pedagogy, ethical selection,
themes like: education, freedom, community-building, social justice, non-cognitive;
- How do we talk with instructors about how and why they use different texts?
- A survey on student access to technology (what do our students actually have access to?)
- Faculty preparation & qualifications necessary to teach basic writing (maybe a certification as an add on to an MA or PH.D. program).
- State and Federal mandates on curriculum without research;
- Transferring courses from one college to another;
- Different ALP models;
- Recommendations on effective preparation for teachers of basic writing (this would put the onus on programs and not serve as a mandate);
- A sense of the house motion (or other legislation before CCCC) on M.A. and Ph.D. programs including basic writing as course that graduate students teach (there are a lot of issues here: mandating versus an elective– we need to explore this in more depth);
- A sense of the house motion (or other legislation before CCCC) that M.A. and Ph.D. programs include a course on the teaching of basic writing (The teaching of basic writing. See notes above about exploring this in more depth);
- If graduate students don’t get a chance to put theory and practice together, this perpetuates ideas about basic writing that doesn’t really match the reality of the basic writing classroom;
- We should look at the C’s statement on preparing faculty for college-level writing;
- Could we think about asking people to integrate basic writing into different classes (upside: doesn’t segregate basic writing from the rest of comp; downside: doesn’t allow you to dig into basic writing);
We wrapped up after sharing from our brainstorm. The group was really excited about these issues!
Are you interested in working on these issues? If so, please reach out via the CBW-listserv to continue the discussion! We look forward to hearing from you!