ERIC Number: ED316562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Evaluating Writing across the Curriculum: Struggles and Insights.
Beadle, Mary E.
The problems and accomplishments of a program to evaluate the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program at Walsh College in Canton (Ohio) are described. The college-wide writing program began in 1987 with training workshops for faculty. Stage 1 of the program ended in 1988 with a summative evaluation and the development of a handbook to be used by future participants in the program. Three guiding questions to evalute Stage 1 addressed whether or not: (1) student writing improves in the WAC courses; (2) student learning improves in the WAC courses; and (3) the evaluation forms are effective. Eleven faculty members participated in Phase 1 of the WAC program. The summative evaluation of this phase was conducted through student comments and interviews, faculty comments and interviews, and student grades. Student writing and learning did improve in the WAC and after the program. Faculty also found the experience to be positive. It became apparent that effective evaluation depended on the interest and commitment of the faculty members, and their clear understanding of the process from its inception. Future WAC instructors need to plan the evaluation as a first and essential part of the planning. Appendix A includes the faculty evaluation questionnaire; and Appendix B is a chart of evaluation considerations. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Evaluation Problems, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Writing Achievement, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Evaluation, Writing Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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