ERIC Number: ED306920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Pennsylvania Writing Project at West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania. 1980-Present.
West Chester Univ., PA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
The Pennsylvania Writing Project (PAWP), a regional outreach service of West Chester University, is described in this report. Among its basic assumptions are that: there is a nationwide need to improve the writing skills of school graduates; a pervasive problem is in the teaching of writing; colleges, universities and schools share a common problem that can best be addressed through cooperative efforts; and the best teacher of teachers is another teacher. Project goals affirm that: the writing problem will be solved through university-school programs; student writing will be improved by improving the teaching of writing; and classroom practice and research will inform all writing lessons. Activities include institutes, courses, workshops, and other programs on and off campus for teachers, administrators, students, and other clients. Programs range from 1 to 125 hours of instruction and training, and they may or may not carry graduate or in-service certificate credit. Each program offers methods for teaching and evaluating writing. PAWP has served over 5000 teachers in over 80 school districts in southeastern Pennsylvania. Students of PAWP teachers have improved significantly in writing performance. Field-based research projects have been developed by 73 participants in PAWP courses and institutes. Copies of the Pennsylvania Writing Project newsletter are appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; California Univ., Berkeley.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: West Chester Univ., PA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.