ERIC Number: ED254848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Writing across the Curriculum: A Research Review.
Davis, David J.
A review of dozens of journal articles and books on the subject of writing across the curriculum reveals the following basic assumptions that seem to characterize most college writing across the curriculum programs: (1) writing is a complex and developmental process; (2) writing should be used to promote learning; (3) the teaching of writing is the responsibility of the entire academic community and of every teacher; (4) the teaching of writing should be integrated across departmental lines; (5) writing serves several functions in the educational context; (6) the universe of discourse is broad; and (7) the teaching of writing should occur during the entire four undergraduate years. Studies also support the assumption that writing increases student learning. It is clear, however, that there is little common agreement on how best to go about fostering writing skills among disciplines operating with quite diverse rhetorical conventions. In addition, few individual faculties seem to have developed a systematic approach giving overall direction to their own practices toward student writing. The apparent broad interest in student writing is accompanied by fragmentation of attitudes, expectations, and practices in that direction. These studies suggest that English departments would serve themselves and the total campus well by seeking ways to cooperate with their colleagues in other disciplines to accomplish what is obviously a widely shared goal--the development of skilled writers. A 33-item reference list is included. (HOD)
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Identifiers: Writing across the Curriculum; Writing Programs