USM would be stronger if more students succeeded in their first-year courses and continued all the way to graduation. We canlearn from students who have overcome significant challenges during their first year. A qualitative study of students in college writing suggests that these students get help from their instructors, their peers, and their families. Academic support works for them when it is personal, comfortable, and informed. Students want to know the person helping them, and they want that person to know and understand the course material.
The details of the lecture are as follows:
“What You Do When You Hit a Wall: A Qualitative Study of Difficulty in First-Year Writing Courses”; a lecture by Ann Dean, University of Southern Maine associate professor of English and Director of College Writing; 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 213 Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland; Free and open to the public.
Ann Dean is Associate Professor of English and Director of College Writing at USM. The author of “The Talk of the Town: Figurative Publics in 18th Century Britain,” she teaches 18th century literature, literacy theory, and writing pedagogy.