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ERIC Number: ED334591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 281
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-8141-5424-7
Thinking and Writing in College: A Naturalistic Study of Students in Four Disciplines.
Walvoord, Barbara E.; McCarthy, Lucille P.
Offering insights into the effective use of writing to teach students to think like professionals in various fields, this book is the result of a 7-year naturalistic study. The book documents how a writing specialist paired with an experienced professor in another discipline (business, history, psychology, and biology) to study: (1) teachers' expectations about "good" writing and thinking in each discipline; (2) the kinds of difficulties students encountered in trying to meet those expectations; and (3) how teachers' methods and students' strategies helped or hindered progress. Chapters in the book are: "Preview of the Book" (Barbara E. Walvoord and Lucille Parkinson McCarthy); "Research Theory and Methods" (Lucille Parkinson McCarthy and Barbara E. Walvoord); "Managerial Decision Making: Sherman's Business Course" (Barbara E. Walvoord and A. Kimbrough Sherman); "Arguing and Debating: Breihan's History Course" (Barbara E. Walvoord and John R. Breihan); "Using Social Science to Help Oneself and Others: Robison's Human Sexuality Course" (Barbara E. Walvoord and Susan Miller Robison); "Conducting and Reporting Original Scientific Research: Anderson's Biology Class" (Virginia Johnson Anderson and Barbara E. Walvoord); and "Conclusion" (Barbara E. Walvoord and Lucille Parkinson McCarthy). A primary trait analysis for Anderson's biology class, 1 table of data, and a list of 154 references are attached. (RS)
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 54247-0015; $14.95 members, $19.95 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: Writing Contexts