Quanisha Charles published a research article titled “Knowledge Transfer: Literature Perspectives on First-Year Writers” in the spring 2016 Working Papers in Composition & TESOL (WPC&T) journal. WPC&T is a publication of the PhD in English Composition and TESOL program at IUP which aims to showcase the highest quality work to be found within our academic community.
This research article uses a literature review approach to explore ways in which knowledge transfer is enacted within first-year writing courses and perceived by first-year writers (FYW). This article aims to explore how students view writing assignments and the pressures faced when writing to create and transfer knowledge. Literature regarding teach for transfer and writing to learn are discussed along with strategies English composition teachers may want to consider when teaching FYW. Student negotiation strategies, such as writing for self versus writing for a grade and writing for a particular discourse community, are also explored with suggestions on how to maintain student motivation in the writing class. Lastly, the recommendation of incorporating a rubric with clearly defined objectives for bettering student writing skills is mentioned as an essential component of writing pedagogy.
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