Writing Class: How Class-Based Culture Influences Community College Student Experience in College Writing
AuthorMorris, Myla Bianca
AdvisorCucchiara, Maia Bloomfield
Committee memberHorvat, Erin McNamara, 1964-
Smith, Michael W. (Michael William), 1954-
SubjectEducation, Community College
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AbstractThis study was designed to build on the existing research on teaching and learning in community college contexts and the literature of college writing in two-year schools. The work of Pierre Bourdieu formed the primary theoretical framework and composition theory was used to position this study in the literature of the college writing discipline. Employing qualitative research methods and a critical working-class perspective, this study reflects a combined data set of participant observation, in-depth personal interview, and document analysis, giving shape to the experiences of fourteen students in one section of a first-year college writing course. This ethnographic study provided fruitful data regarding the nature of student/teacher relationships and students’ negotiation of authority in the classroom and in their writing. The results showcase the value of in-depth, qualitative research in college writing classrooms, a perspective with great potential to reveal underlying factors for student behaviors and outcomes in two-year literacy education.
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