ERIC Number: ED328917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-14
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Evaluation of Writing-Across-The-Curriculum Programs.
An ongoing study evaluated the effectiveness of a writing across the curriculum (WAC) program at a small liberal arts college. Fifty-five out of 99 full-time faculty responded to a survey seeking to compare WAC faculty who had voluntarily participated in at least a 3-day workshop to faculty not involved in the WAC program. Pre- and post-workshop data were also obtained from 14 new WAC faculty who participated in their first WAC workshop. Results revealed that WAC faculty required writing in more of the courses they taught and that they assigned more short papers and used short, ungraded writing exercises during class time. Results also revealed that WAC faculty more often reported providing preliminary feedback to students on rough drafts during the writing process and more often provided written instructions describing the writing assignment's purpose and format in their courses. WAC faculty were more likely to require journals in at least one class and reported using ungraded journals about twice as often as the non-WAC faculty. Pre- and post workshop data obtained from the 14 new WAC faculty revealed similar trends. (Suggestions for future evaluation research, an annotated bibliography of nine resources on WAC programs, and survey results are included.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elmhurst College IL; Teacher Surveys; Writing to Learn
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).