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ERIC Number: ED247603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing in the Social Work Curriculum: Whose Responsibility?
Simon, Barbara Levy; Soven, Margot
One of the constants of professional life for social workers is the need to write. For this reason, the social work instructor needs to emphasize the development of students' writing skills. Such skills cannot be left to composition courses alone, nor can it be assumed that students will emerge from degree programs with sufficient writing ability. La Salle University (Philadelphia) initiated a writing-across-the-curriculum project, in which six instructors, including one from the social work program, met with a composition specialist from the faculty to review writing assignments in light of new theories on the use of writing in college courses. The project combined five one-day summer workshops, periodic group meetings and one-to-one collaboration with the writing specialist throughout the academic year. The impact of the program was evaluated through both teacher and student commentary. As a result of her participation in the project, the social work instructor made a number of changes in the way she assigned writing in the social welfare policy course. In general, the quality of student writing in her course improved discernibly, and students learned how to use writing to record and refine their thinking. Class discussion revealed the value of using writing to link theoretical material with field observations. The results of this pilot writing project suggest that students' writing improves when instructors plan in a systematic fashion the design, sequencing, and implementation of writing assignments. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A