ERIC Number: ED200172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Writing Programs.
Wiener, Harvey, Ed.; Maimon, Elaine, Ed.
Forum for Liberal Education, v3 n6 Apr 1981
Descriptions of comprehensive writing programs at nine colleges and universities and an essay on the topic are presented. Comprehensive writing programs transcend a single department or discipline and are designed to enhance liberal learning. Such programs not only teach students to write in the appropriate modes of various disciplines, but also teach students how scholars think and act in those disciplines. In "Administering Comprehensive Writing Programs Within Liberal Education," Harvey Wiener describes the link between writing and liberal learning. Wiener notes that writing is a way to learn concepts within subject fields, a method of analyzing these concepts, and a way to demonstrate mastery of the concepts. The following programs are covered: Yale University's Writing Program, St. Edward's University's Writing in the Context of Liberal Learning program, Grinnell College's Writing Program, Beaver College's Writing Across the Disciplines program, Michigan Technological University's University-Wide Communications Skills Program, Gonzaga University's Adjunct Writing Courses, the University of Michigan's The English Composition Board and the College Writing Requirement program, the University of Maryland's (College Park) Junior Composition Program, and Wheaton College's Program for Writing Competence. Some of the programs have instituted competence requirements at varying points in a student's schooling, while others have created or expanded writing emphases in courses across the curriculum. Many of the programs emphasize writing as a process involving planning, drafting, and revising. Additional college programs are briefly described. (SW)
Descriptors: College English, College Freshmen, College Students, Competency Based Education, Critical Thinking, Educational Objectives, English Curriculum, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Prewriting, Program Descriptions, Scholarship, Student Evaluation, Workshops, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
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