ERIC Number: ED337078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-7
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Business Students To Learn about Global Issues through Writing.
Davidson, Lawrence S.; Gumnior, Elisabeth C.
A "write to learn" collaboration between a business professor and a writing teacher at Indiana University's School of Business improved both student writing skills and knowledge of international economic policy issues. As part of a larger Indiana University project to improve undergraduates's writing skills, a course titled "Business Conditions Analysis," designed to familiarize students with macroeconomic policy and models and to help them to apply these to real-life global situations, involved lectures and a complex writing assignment. Throughout the course each student investigated different macroeconomic aspects of one particular European country which he or she had selected. The students' first reports indicated that they knew how to research information and that they regarded research as more important than writing. For the second report drafts and a one-on-one conference with a writing consultant were required. These reports showed marked improvement due to the length of time spent on the actual writing and the increased knowledge of the topic. The third report required preliminary drafts, and a small group meeting with the writing instructor which introduced a collaborative research concept. Overall the students learned to see writing as part of the process of learning rather than simply a product. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Europe; Indiana University Bloomington; Writing to Learn
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (8th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 7, 1988).