This article presents a new examination of the history of the first-year composition requirement using the “adaptive cycle” idea about the resilience of systems. The author argues that we may be experiencing the collapse of required FYC and should look to other possible futures of college writing.
The Adaptive Cycle: Resilience in the History of First-Year Composition
Clancy Ratliff is an associate professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research and teaching focus on composition pedagogy, feminist rhetorics, and authorship and intellectual property. Her work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Composition Forum, and Computers and Composition Online.
Clancy Ratliff; The Adaptive Cycle: Resilience in the History of First-Year Composition. Pedagogy 1 April 2019; 19 (2): 283–300. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-7295951
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