After ten years of teaching Writing About Writing (WAW) courses and five years of teaching complementary threshold concepts of writing studies and information literacy, I have learned—and far too often relearned—lessons that don't always make it into published research. My talk will focus on these behind the scenes lessons. I will share data from a longitudinal study on our campus, profiling two students I followed from their first-year writing course to their senior-year Honors thesis. By listening to and learning from Sally and Lauren, we’ll spend our time considering a question we continue to wrestle with on our campus: What will threshold concepts of writing and information literacy require of me?
Moriah McCracken is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of FirstYear Writing at St. Edward’s University. Her research and teaching interests include transfer of writing knowledge, specifically from first-year writing courses using a writing-about-writing pedagogy (WAW); threshold concepts and information literacy; and rural literacies. McCracken is co-editor of Next Steps: New Directions for/in Writing About Writing (Utah State University Press, 2019).
UC Merced Campus: COB2 290