Using qualitative data collected from more than twenty universities across the US, Writing Support for International Graduate Students describes and theorizes agency- and advocacy-driven practices, programs, and policies that are most effective in helping international students learn graduate-level writing and communication skills. It uses compelling narratives and cases to illustrate a variety of program models and support practices that fostered the students’ process of academic transition and success. Employing an ecological framework, the book seeks to advance academic conversation about how writing scholars/instructors and program administrators, as well as other academic service professionals working with this student body, can formulate policies, develop programs, and implement practices that best help these students grow as writers and scholars in their disciplines.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Understanding Politics: Affecting Policy3. Shifting Focus: An Ecological Approach 4. Fostering Agency through Effective Support Practices 5. Advancing Advocacy through Programs and Leadership
Shyam Sharma is a scholar of Writing and Rhetoric who teaches at State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA. His research and publications, which have appeared in flagship publication venues of Writing Studies, focus on writing in the disciplines, international students and education, cross-cultural rhetoric and communication, and new media.