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ERIC Number: ED362871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Troubleshooting the "W" Course.
Jeske, Jeff
The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program at Guilford College, North Carolina, has actively sought troubleshooting tips to pass on to new and continuing teachers of "W" (writing intensive) courses. Tips (problem statements and solutions) are based on the analysis of six semesters' worth of students "W" course evaluations and instructor narratives (collected as part of the regular term-end assessment from approximately 1,800 students and the instructors of 90 courses). The problems and solutions can be organized into four main categories that reflect the main "W" features: (1) a process approach to writing; (2) the use of informal writing as a pedagogical tool; (3) a writing text to support the "W" component; and (4) peer editing. Problems based on integrating the writing process include: over-emphasizing/underemphasizing the writing process; inadequate orientation to the "W" course; and the need for more effective sequencing of assigned work. Problems involving informal writing include: the informal writing is not informal enough; lack of motivation; too much informal writing is required; and the informal writing is not integrated into the course. One of the problems with the writing text is that the text is inappropriate for the course. Problems with peer editing include: student editors do not provide quality feedback; and the instructor is insufficiently involved in the peer evaluation process. The "W" instructor who learns through balance and integration to cope with these problems has become a better teacher in the process. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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