Through classroom observations and semi-structured, text-based interviews, this study analyzes the impact of a service-learning first-year composition course on students’ rhetorical knowledge. Students’ own words are used to describe their transformative experiences related to academic writing and community service. As a result of what these students called their “investment” in community organizations, they began to see writing itself as advocacy. This article explains how this commitment to writing as advocacy motivated students to develop transferrable writing knowledge.
“When It’s Outside of You”: Writing as Advocacy in First-Year Composition
Stephanie White is a writing and multimodal communication specialist at the University of Waterloo’s Writing and Communication Centre, where she oversees two peer tutoring programs. Previously, Stephanie taught and consulted on writing and communication courses across the disciplines.
Stephanie White; “When It’s Outside of You”: Writing as Advocacy in First-Year Composition. Pedagogy 1 January 2021; 21 (1): 27–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-8692615
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