Naming What We Know, Classroom Edition

Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies

edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle

Naming What We Know, Classroom Edition 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. This edition focuses on the working definitions of thirty-seven threshold concepts that run throughout the research, teaching, assessment, and public work in writing studies. Developed from the highly regarded original edition in response to grassroots demand from teachers in writing programs around the United States and written by some of the field’s most active researchers and teachers, the classroom edition is clear and accessible for an audience of even first-year writing students.


Linda Adler-Kassner is professor of writing studies and associate dean of undergraduate education at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching focus broadly on how literate agents and activities—such as writers, writing, writing studies—are defined in contexts inside the academy and in public discourse. She also examines the implications and consequences of those definitions and how writing faculty can participate in shaping them. She frequently works with faculty across disciplines on articulating threshold concepts and making them more accessible for students. She is author, coauthor, or coeditor of nine books, including Reframing Writing Assessment, Naming What We Know, and The Activist WPA.

Elizabeth Wardle is director of the Roger & Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University and previously directed writing programs at the University of Dayton and the University of Central Florida. She coedited Naming What We Know and Writing about Writing, now in its third edition.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $19.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-577-2
  • Ebook Price: $15.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $10.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-578-9
  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Pages: 118
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-577-2