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ERIC Number: ED248922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-20
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing Across the Curriculum: One Small Step.
Landsburg, David; Witt, Stanley
Innovation Abstracts, v6 n13 Apr 1984
A writing-across-the-curriculum program has been initiated at the East Campus of Pima Community College in an effort to improve student literacy. The program operates in the following manner: (1) faculty in all disciplines on campus are asked to get involved in the program, those who participate being paid a one-time fee of $100 for their efforts; (2) participating faculty develop a writing assignment which meets prescribed criteria, such as proper formatting, acceptable documentation, and correct language usage; (3) students complete the assignment and submit their paper to the course instructor; (4) the course instructor submits the papers to a "Collateral Grader," a writing instructor who grades the papers for mechanics; (5) the "Collateral Grader" marks all detected errors in each paper and makes an overall evaluation indicating that the paper passes or must be rewritten; (6) the course instructor grades the passing papers for content and determines the course grade; and (7) participating faculty evaluate the process at the end of the course. The use of the "Collateral Grader" has several advantages; e.g., students receive writing feedback from an instructor who has the skills to effectively grade grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage; awareness of the need for campus-wide writing standards is generated; and student-teacher negotiation concerning the importance of writing skills is reduced. Survey results show positive responses from both students and faculty. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pima Community College AZ; Writing Across the Curriculum