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The Threshold Concept Map: Plotting the Liminal Space of Students' Struggle to Learn to Write in College, Currents in Teaching and Learning


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Drawing on thresholds concepts in composition and education, the authors developed a mapping instrument to generate visual understandings of students’ struggles with troublesome knowledge. They present a case study using the map to plot one student’s learning through three pieces of writing. The map visually demonstrates experiences with troublesome knowledge and movement within a detailed threshold space. Mapping reveals the potential importance of previous identities in confronting threshold concepts and the use-value of visually representing student learning. Results suggest ways to further explore students’ struggles and reinforce the role of oscillation in the learning process.
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