Based on surveys with more than 1,000 first-year college students, Bedford Handbook fosters good habits for college writers as well as providing extensive support for college reading and writing. Read more
About the Author Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince Georges Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martins, include The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition (2010); A Writers Reference, Seventh Edition (2011); Rules for Writers, Sixth Edition (2008); and A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition (2008).Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvards Graduate School of Education. She led Harvards Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvards WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her articles Revision Strategies of Student and Experienced Writers and Responding to Student Writing are two of the most widely read and anthologized articles in the field of composition. Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martins, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010).
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