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ERIC Number: ED309438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-4
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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WAC and Literacy at the University of Oklahoma: Constructing a Reality Takes More Than Writing.
Flanigan, Michael C.
Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) has been urged and tried by some of the best teachers and scholars of the past in ways similar to those of today's advocates and practitioners. WAC programs have staked their claims that writing is essential to learning; that it is necessary to write in order for students to see before them the words that reflect their thinking and knowledge. Under a Ford Foundation grant the University of Oklahoma has made a concerted effort to help faculty focus on issues of illiteracy and to devise ways of eliminating it. Using the Ford Foundation definition of literacy, a two-year pilot plan was set up to involve faculty in finding solutions to problems identified by faculty members themselves. Under phase 1 of the project, two pilot programs were created which used a variety of techniques, all concerned with components of literacy. Phase 2 consisted of reporting to a larger group of faculty who attended workshops for additional training. Phase 3 will consist of the faculty implementing their ideas in their classrooms. At the same time new general education requirements will be phased into the undergraduate education program. The overall goal of this work on literacy is to improve undergraduate education by promoting fundamental learning activities that all faculty members can use. What institutions need are faculty members in every department who are aware of these fundamental ways of learning and of shaping the way world views are thought about and created. (An appendix provides sample assignments.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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