Writing across Contexts
215 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:16 May 2014

Writing across Contexts

Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing

Utah State University Press

Addressing how composers transfer both knowledge about and practices of writing, Writing across Contexts explores the grounding theory behind a specific composition curriculum called Teaching for Transfer (TFT) and analyzes the efficacy of the approach. Finding that TFT courses aid students in transfer in ways that other kinds of composition courses do not, the authors demonstrate that the content of this curriculum, including its reflective practice, provides a unique set of resources for students to call on and repurpose for new writing tasks.

The authors provide a brief historical review, give attention to current curricular efforts designed to promote such transfer, and develop new insights into the role of prior knowledge in students' ability to transfer writing knowledge and practice, presenting three models of how students respond to and use new knowledge—assemblage, remix, and critical incident.

A timely and significant contribution to the field, Writing across Contexts will be of interest to graduate students, composition scholars, WAC and writing-in-the-disciplines scholars, and writing program administrators.

'[Both timely and extremely useful. . . .Yancey, Robertson, and Taczak’s discussion of different types of composition courses, courses common at my institution—among many others, I am sure—allows WPAs like me to rethink how the first-year writing assignments we develop may or may not lead to the kind of knowledge transfer we hope will occur. . . . [Writing across Contexts] provides a theoretical and practical road map for us to rethink and reflect on our own curriculum so that we are serving our students in ways that allow them to succeed in writing contexts across the university.'
—Tom Pace, Composition Studies

Kathleen Blake Yancey, the Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, has authored, edited, or co-edited eleven scholarly books and two textbooks. Liane Robertson is assistant professor in the Department of English at William Paterson University, and Kara Taczak is on the faculty of the University Writing Program at the University of Denver.

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