Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A more perfect union: A service-learning and basic writing pedagogy
by Jensen, Deborah R., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 74; 1507766
Abstract (Summary)

Prior to this thesis, almost no scholarship has existed connecting service-learning with basic writing instruction. However, service-learning provides basic writers with an active-learning approach that stems from their own experiences, offering them a chance for improved affective and academic outcomes. This thesis specifically argues that a union of service-learning with basic writing instruction offers students the opportunity for increased motivation, engagement, and empowerment, and provides basic writers with an improved potential to develop collaborative-learning skills, audience awareness, and critical thinking capabilities. It also presents evidence that students participating in service-learning projects write collaboratively, compose multiple drafts, and reflect upon their own writing for class discussions of the writing process, thus fulfilling many objectives of a composition course. In addition, those service-learning attributes particularly suited to basic writing are explored, including active-learning, student-centered learning, contextual-learning, and critical reflection.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Griswold, W. Gary
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Language arts, Rhetoric
Publication Number: 1507766
ISBN: 978-1-267-20432-5
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