Creating a Statement of Guidelines and Goals for Boise State University's Basic Writing Course: Content and Development

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During the 2000-01 academic year, Karen Uehling and five adjunct colleagues at Boise State University collaborated in composing a "Statement of Goals and Guidelines" for their institution's basic writing course. In this selection, Uehling documents the process of creating the statement and includes the final product that evolved from this process. The statement features a description of local conditions for teaching basic writing at BSU as well as minimum course requirements, course competencies, and suggestions for teachers. Uehling's selection responds to the question "What is basic writing?" based on the immediate circumstances of her home institution. At the same time, the "Statement of Guidelines and Goals" demonstrates the strong confluence of pedagogy, theory, and classroom practice in basic writing as a discipline.

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