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ERIC Number: ED260456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Charting Institutional Change.
Mallonee, Barbara
One strategy used to improve teaching at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, is a six-year writing across the curriculum project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Faculty from 14 departments spend a year teaming with a member of the writing department; following that year of paired teaching, the content faculty become departmental writing coordinators. The final project will be a handbook on writing at Loyola. In evaluating the writing across the curriculum program, two codirectors, with professional assistance, developed a survey instrument, and the faculty will be surveyed three times in five years, producing a longitudinal survey. The first half of the survey assesses faculty attitudes, while the second half takes note of faculty practices in core courses and upper-division courses. The survey, administered in May 1984, revealed that the overall tilt in attitude was toward helping rather than harassing students. Unfortunately, the practices did not accord with those generous attitudes. The biggest goal of the program is to have all departments discover the types of writing professionals do and then examine what cognitive skills are necessary across the four-year undergraduate curriculum if students are to be socialized into the discipline. (A copy of the first survey instrument and a statement of goals for the program are appended). (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).