Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dual-Enrollment High School and College Programs in Writing

Question: What are some problems in promoting dual-enrollment programs involving high school students in college-level writing?

Answer: The standards for college-level writing are not clearly defined. Just read the discussions in the professional journals (College Composition and Communication, Teaching English in the Two-Year College and College English to understand the many points of view of what college writing courses should consist of.) College-level writing needs to be defined. And the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) should take the responsibility for defining those standards.

Comment: I predict that any attempt to define the standards of college-level writing will be difficult. Should the papers be long or short? What is the nature of the research paper? What about writing in disciplines beyond English? Defining college-level writing needs to be addressed. RayS.

Title: “Contesting the Space Between High School and College in the Era of Dual-Enrollment.” H Tinberg and J-P Nadeau. College Composition and Communication (June 2011), 704-725.

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