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ERIC Number: ED264742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 14
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Writing Across the Curriculum in Australia.
Peters, Pamela
Discussions about the value of language-across-the-curriculum policy are often clouded by confusion over two different underlying principles or motives for its implementation: that it stimulates and enhances learning and that it consolidates the teaching and learning of writing in a variety of subject contents. In practice, it is the second principle that requires closer attention for successful implementation. There are fewer problems at the elementary level, where the overall objectives of instruction are longitudinal. Problems increase at the secondary level, where there is no general language curriculum serving as a reference syllabus for all subjects. There are also problems at the postsecondary level, where in Australia there is no general freshman writing course. The New South Wales Department of Education has developed a K-12 program in writing across the curriculum to consolidate and develop writing practices begun in the early years of schooling. The approaches at the elementary and secondary levels are different. On the elementary school level, the approach integrates language into the common curriculum. On the secondary level, it works toward teacher consensus and coordinated syllabi in the individual, decentralized public and private secondary schools. On the postsecondary level, Macquarie University has established an interdisciplinary committee on writing standards with some power to recommend helpful measures to the faculty senate. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia