ERIC Number: ED172253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Administering a Cross-Disciplinary Writing Program.
Maimon, Elaine P.
In transforming any college writing program into a cross-disciplinary writing program, similar to the one instituted at Beaver College in Philadelphia, the following steps are suggested: enlist the support of respected English faculty members, request colleagues in other departments to submit sample freshman writing assignments, encourage other faculty members to look beyond issues of evaluation to the teaching of writing processes, and introduce students in composition courses to a variety of strategies for different writing tasks. The English department should provide models of effective techniques for conducting a composition program for other departments to emulate in modified form; these techniques include the following: have every student write several pages each week, either a new project or a revision of an earlier draft; have all students complete designated exercises in prewriting, drafting, shaping, and revising; direct students to duplicate preliminary drafts to share in small peer groups and sometimes with the instructor; and have students submit two essays at midterm for evaluation as finished products. The use of peer review procedures of early drafts of writing assignments is recommended to appeal to busy colleagues in other disciplines. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)