This is how I am looking at/writing about/thinking of my topic for my Computers and Writing presentation. I am blogging a process here.
Since the topic is one which has been of interest to me for a while, I have multiple articles already noted or written on this blog (identified with a TCE: at the beginning). These are articles which are pertinent to where I am going/want to go with the paper.
Articles which are relevant to my Computers and Writing topic:
College for the Underclass
This is a blog post written by a member of the underclass about how she went to college, what she expected from it, and how she veered significantly off the expected path and became a college professor. It is well worth reading, especially if you have no personal experience with being an early person in your family to go to college.
TCE: Rethinking the Value of a College Degree is a post worth looking at, especially in light of the above article, which emphasizes that low SES and underclass students are coming to college to get better jobs.
TCE: An informal discussion of how computer use can be made accessible, particularly for students who are from a low socioeconomic background.
TCE: Class-Based Value Differences
TCE: Notes on student retention
Student retention is an important concept for all college students, but it is especially important when talking about low socioeconomic status students.
TCE: 7 Specific Strategies for Student Retention in the English Classroom
TCE: Why is Student Retention Important to Teachers?
TCE: Bad News for Community Colleges and the students that attend them.
This is especially important to look at since many low SES students go to community colleges, because they are near home and are less expensive than other colleges.
Study into relationship between physical environment and pupils’ attainment and behavioroffers something to think about.
The report’s chief author, Katy Owen, says she found that urban decay could “easily impact upon pupils and their teachers”. She says: “They may demonstrate poor behaviour in the classroom, have low self-esteem, little appetite for educational attainment and have little cultural or social capital to draw on. Their teachers may become disillusioned and frustrated with their limited ability to teach in a community where crime and incivility is rife.”
TCE: The Ugly Stepsister- Rhetoric
TCE: Good links on low SES status students
Are Community Colleges Losing Touch with their Communities?