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ERIC Number: ED163477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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A Survey of the Structure of Science Writing Courses.
Dunwoody, Sharon; Wartella, Ellen
Examinations of 50 general science writing course syllabi used at 32 schools (55% response rate to a survey of 58 colleges and universities listing science writing courses in their curricula) reveal a wide range of course objectives and a varied use of resource materials. The emphasis is necessarily on writing skills, although a number of the instructors acknowledge emphasizing the sociological, philosophical, and political aspects of science as well. The extreme variety of required and recommended books for the courses implies either a wealth of pertinent material or a lack of books designed specifically for science writing instruction (the most popular required text has a science writing focus, but is required by only six of the polled instructors). The surveyed syllabi indicate a minimal use of available science communication research, even though most of that research is soundly done and has some substantive things to say regarding writing about science for lay audiences. (Lists of recommended and required reading materials for the surveyed courses are appended.) (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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