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ERIC Number: ED170750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Components of a Successful Interdisciplinary Composition Program.
Matlak, Richard E.; And Others
The teachers involved in the general education program in Boston University's College of Basic Studies have developed a cooperative approach to composition instruction that they consider a useful model of structure, cooperation, and experience for others in interdisciplinary teaching systems to follow. Their instructional approach contains these components: the form and content of written assignments are planned jointly by the rhetoric and content instructors; both instructors devote class time to identifying their expectations not only as teachers but also as the students' audiences in science, social science, humanities, or psychology; rhetoric classes are devoted to developing the writing skills pertinent to the assignment; the students meet the rhetoric instructor in conference to have their rough drafts critiqued; and, finally, the students prepare a revised copy of their papers for the content instructor's evaluation. A marked improvement from rough draft grade to final grade illustrates the effectiveness of the revisionary process. Both the students and the teachers express satisfaction with this interdisciplinary approach to composition instruction. (Examples of assignment sheets and evaluation forms are appended.) (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association of America (93rd, New York, New York, December 27-30, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility