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College Composition and Communication, Vol. 39, No. 3, October 1988

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Berthoff, Ann E. Rev. of Freire for the Classroom: A Sourcebook for Liberatory Teaching by Ira Shor. CCC 39.3 (1988): 359-360.

Bloom, Lynn Z. Rev. of Teaching Composition: Twelve Bibliographical Essays by Gary Tate. CCC 39.3 (1988): 361-362.

Schwartz, Helen J. Rev. of The Wordworthy Computer: Classroom and Research Applications in Language and Literature by Paula R. Feldman and Buford Norman. CCC 39.3 (1988): 362-363.

Johnstone, Anne. Rev. of The Journal Book by Toby Fulwiler. CCC 39.3 (1988): 363-365.

Fulkerson, Richard. Rev. of The Shape of Reason by John Gage. CCC 39.3 (1988): 365-366.

Olive, Barbara. Rev. of The Harper & Row Rhetoric: Writing as Thinking, Thinking as Writing by Wayne C. Booth and Marshall W. Gregory. CCC 39.3 (1988): 366-367.

Curtis, Marcia S. “Windows on Composing: Teaching Revision on Word Processors.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 337-344.

Sullivan, Patricia. “Desktop Publishing: A Powerful Tool for Advanced Composition Courses.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 344-347.

Clark, Irene Lurkis. “Preparing Future Composition Teachers in the Writing Center.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 347-350.

Walker,Nancy L. “Mr. V and ‘A Saturday Morning in the Republic of One.'” CCC 39.3 (1988): 350-353.

Hall, Chris. “Interacting with a Reader: Using the Strip Story to Develop Reciprocity.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 353-356.

Danis,M. Francine. “Catching the Drift: Keeping Peer-Response Groups on Track.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 356-358.

Larson, Richard L. “Selected Bibliography of Scholarship on Composition and Rhetoric, 1987.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 316-336.


This article is an annotated bibliography of recently published work in composition and rhetoric. When selecting essays and books for this list, the author tried to choose works that offered new approaches, theories, and ways of conceiving issues over items dealing with topics already well explored. The bibliography is organized under the following categories: rhetorical and epistemic theory, literary theory and composing, psychological and developmental studies, research processes, composing processes, “basic” writing, younger children’s writing, language studies, structures of texts, instructional advice/assignments, response to writing/tutoring/group work, assessment/evaluation, instructional trends: historical/recent, writing across the curriculum and in non-academic settings, and computers and writing.

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Haswell, Richard H. “Dark Shadows: The Fate of Writers at the Bottom.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 303-315.


>The author, noting that when using holistic grading scales, evaluators agreed more on what constituted “bad” writing than what was “good writing,” compares student essays given low holistic scores to those that achieved high scores and professional non-academic essays. He finds that although remedial writers do not closely follow expected academic writing conventions, their writing, as opposed to the work of their higher-scoring peers, does have logical organizational patterns, complex syntax, and a grasp of metaphor that is more like that of professional writers. Based on this finding, the author argues that instructors should seek out these strengths of remedial writers as a basis to further develop their writing to fit academic conventions. In addition, the author challenges teachers of writing to go beyond assessing student writing to diagnosing it – to understand the numerous choices the writer makes, which might transform what are seen now as deficiencies into proficiencies and strengths. </p


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Bizzell, Patricia. “Cognition, Convention, and Certainty: What We Need to Know about Writing.” Pre/Text 3 (Fall 1982): 213-44.
Bradford, Annette N. “Cognitive Immaturity and Remedial College Writers.” The Writer’s Mind: Writing as a Mode of Thinking. Ed. Janice N. Hays et al. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1983. 15-24.
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Hays, Janice N. “Teaching the Grammar of Discourse.” Reinventing the Rhetorical Tradition. Ed. Aviva Freedman and Ian Pringle. Conway, AK: L & S Books, 1980. 145-55.
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Hull, Glynda. “The Editing Process in Writing: A Performance Study of More Skilled and Less Skilled College Writers.” Research in the Teaching of English 21 (Feb. 1987): 8-29.
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Labouvie-Vief, Gisela. “Discontinuities in Development from Childhood to Adulthood: A Cognitive-Developmental View.” Review of Human Development. Ed. Tiffany M. Field et al. New York: Wiley, 1982. 447-55.
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Rose, Mike. “Remedial Writing Courses: A Critique and a Proposal.” College English 45 (Feb. 1983): 109-28.
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Stotsky, Sandra. “On Learning to Write about Ideas.” CCC 37 (Oct. 1986): 276-93.

Rose, Mike. “Narrowing the Mind and Page: Remedial Writers and Cognitive Reductionism.” CCC 39.3 (1988): 267-302.


This article attacks what the author terms cognitive reductionism by looking at the theories, claims, and terms surrounding the discourse of remediation and pointing out problems in applying over-generalized cognitive and literacy theories to poor college writers. The author shows how uncritical acceptance of cognitive theories such as Witkin’s field independence-dependence theory, hemispheticity, Jean Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, and the orality-literacy divide leads to dangerous, ungrounded political and educational conclusions of remedial writers.


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