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Editor’s Introduction: “Settling In”
Holly Hassel

TYCA White Paper on Placement Reform
TYCA Research Committee
Abstract: This white paper presents current research and makes recommendations on the array of placement practices for writing courses at two-year colleges. Specifically, this white paper(1) identifies the current state of placement practices and trends, (2) offers an overview of placement alternatives, and (3) provides recommendations on placement reform and processes. TYCA encourages two-year college faculty to use this white paper to guide placement reform on their campuses, to be leaders in the field and professional organizations, and to advocate for best practices with policymakers.

Feature: Self-Regulated Strategy Instruction in Developmental Writing Courses: How to Help Basic Writers Become Independent Writers
Michelle F. Blake, Charles A. MacArthur, Shannon Mrkich, Zoi A. Philippakos, and Ilknur Sancak-Marusa
Abstract: An experimental study shows that integrating instruction in writing strategies with support for self-regulation strategies in basic writing classes results in significant gains in both the quality of student writing and in student motivation.

Feature: Writing about Language: Studying Language Diversity with First-Year Writers
Samantha Looker

Abstract: This article describes a first-year writing course focused on language diversity and asserts the importance of this focus as a foundation for college writing success and linguistic inclusivity.

What Works for Me
Aryn Bartley; Ryan Dippre

Instructional Note; Sophists or SMEs? Teaching Rhetoric Across the Curriculum in the Professional and Technical Writing Classroom
Cristy Beemer
Abstract: An instructional note on foregrounding rhetoric across the curriculum to convey the rigor of professional and technical writing and assist instructors in claiming pedagogical ethos in a course that spans many disciplines.

Review Essay: Minimizing the Distance in Online Writing Courses through Student Engagement
Jason Dockter and Jessie Borgman
Works reviewed:

Applied Pedagogies: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction,
edited by Daniel Ruefman and Abigail G. Scheg

Foundational Practices of Online Writing Instruction, edited by Beth L. Hewett and Kevin Eric DePew

A Position Statement of Principles and Example Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI) by the CCCC Committee on Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction. Conference on College Composition and Communication

Books reviewed:

Naming What We Know:Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies, edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle

First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice,
edited by Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ronald F. Lunsford


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