ERIC Number: ED276445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Non-Traditional Approach for Improving the Writing Skills of College Students.
Millard, Thomas L.
An innovative program developed and implemented at Montclair State College in New Jersey was designed to maximize students' writing potential within the framework of course requirements across the curriculum. Based on the assumption that the written expression of ideas and the critical thinking skills associated with writing are fundamental to all disciplines, this program focused on encouraging students to become competent in writing clear, coherent prose by giving them the option to write papers for publication in lieu of writing term papers. In orienting students to this approach, instructors reviewed the mental processes on which written expressions of ideas depend: generalizations, inferences, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students were also told that they needed to develop the capacity to apply prior knowledge to new contexts; draw their own conclusions; state a thesis clearly and support it; organize the parts of a paper; and adapt their writing to the intended audience. Students who elected to write for publication were instructed to write essays, and to select a journal they felt comfortable with and use its editorial requirements for style and organization. Student papers have been published in a number of professional journals, and their evaluations of the program at semester's end indicated that it had resulted in a worthwhile learning experience and (unexpectedly) a new-found respect for published articles. (DJR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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Note: In: Thinking across the Disciplines. ISII 1986. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Society for Individualized Instruction (15th, Atlanta, Georgia, October 9-11, 1986); see IR 012 493.