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Naming What We Know

Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies
Edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle, 2015

Naming What We Know examines the core principles of knowledge in the discipline of writing studies using the lens of “threshold concepts”—concepts that are critical for epistemological participation in a discipline.

  • Metaconcept: Writing Is an Activity and a Subject of Study
  • Concept 1: Writing Is a Social and Rhetorical Activity
  • Concept 2: Writing Speaks to Situations through Recognizable Forms
  • Concept 3: Writing Enacts and Creates Identities and Ideologies
  • Concept 4: All Writers Have More to Learn
  • Concept 5: Writing Is (Also Always) a Cognitive Activity

Table of Contents and Yancey’s Introduction: “Coming to Terms: Composition/Rhetoric, Threshold Concepts, and a Disciplinary Core”