CFP: Realities of Community College Composition Students (4/27/08; CCCC, 4/2/08-4/5/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Dresdner, Lisa

Proposals sought for a panel at the 2008 CCCC, April 2-5, 2008, in New
Orleans, LA.

CCCC 2008 theme: "Writing Realities, Changing Realities"

Specifically, this panel, entitled "Illusions, Delusions, and the
Realities of First-year Composition Students at Community Colleges,"
would be practical rather than theoretical, drawing on the experiences
of Community College instructors of first-year composition, and would
provide dialogue and sound pedagogical strategies to a variety of
questions, including but not limited to the following:

What are the obstacles to success that community college students face
in first-year composition?
How do instructors work to bridge the success gap of community college
first-year composition students?
What kinds of learner-centered methodologies are employed to (1) engage
students, (2) strengthen critical thinking skills, and/or (3) account
for unpreparedness in basic writing skills?
In what ways do community college English instructors get instructors
from other disciplines to support writing instruction?
How do community college English instructors engage in objective
assessment when so much subjectivity is involved? What kinds of rubrics
or other methods are used?
What kind of gap exists between student and teacher expectations in
first-year community college composition classes? How is that gap

500 word proposals are due by April 27, 2007.

Please send your proposals, with a short (very!) biography, to Lisa
Dresdner at

Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D.
Chair, English Department
Associate Professor of English
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 857-7291

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