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ERIC Number: ED346493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 11
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Building on Common Ground: Overcoming Resistance to WAC in the Technical College.
Weiser, Michael S.
Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) program administrators who wish to work effectively and amicably with faculty in the two-year technical college would do well to remember two principles: (1) work first with the type of writing that already exists in the curriculum; and (2) try to speak a language to the faculty outside the field of composition in which all participants are on an equal footing. When one such administrator first began to solicit proposals for writing intensive courses at a technical college, he received from a professor of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning a stack of one-page, neatly, tightly, and clearly written accounts of maintenance and repairs done on a particular system. This showed to the educator that he did not need to urge the faculty to require students to write or even to write more; the challenge was to find the language in which to bring this writing under the pale of a college-wide writing program. There is a great deal of common ground on which WAC administrators and technical college faculty can build, if the administrators avoid using terms which may strike other faculty as alien or even threatening. Having established a common ground by noting that much of the writing traditionally required of students in technical colleges is valid writing-to-learn, WAC administrators can gently advocate methods for improving instruction in more writer-based types of writing (microthemes, focused freewriting, and other types of heuristic or expressive writing). (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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