ERIC Number: ED272861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Think Tank Synthesis: Bridging the Gap between College Writing Courses and Real World Writing.
Johns, Lee; And Others
A continuing problem confronting businesses is the number of college graduates unprepared to write on the job because their communication abilities are meager and their knowledge of the many kinds of writing they must do in the workplace is incomplete. Causes of the gap between college writing instruction and the writing demands in the workplace may be due to the academic institution (including teaching writing before students are sufficiently mature and teaching with models inappropriate for business writing), the writing instructor (including emphasis on product rather than the process and little expertise in writing instruction), and the students (including seeking simplistic writing formulas, low motivation, and lack of vision beyond college). Several schools have responded to the plea for better and more appropriate writing instruction. Among the features of the more successful programs are required writing courses across the curriculum, writing internships with real businesses, the use of consultants to improve content faculty writing and to emphasize the importance of good writing on the job, and limiting enrollment in writing courses with emphasis on collaborative learning and peer evaluation. Activities organized by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) of the National Council of Teachers of English to focus national attention on the aims of business and college writing communities include scheduling "real life" workshops that bring business and academic people together, fostering consulting activities, and devoting more CCCC sessions and publications to the work of the professional writing consultant. (EL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (37th, New Orleans, LA, March 13-15, 1986).