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ERIC Number: ED399544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-28
Pages: 19
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Burrowing under the Gates: Becoming a Mole in Your Own Institution.
Baker, Edith M.
English or rhetoric and composition faculty must work to collapse disciplinary boundaries in their institutions. The challenge facing English departments is to collapse the "we-they" mentality, to develop productive partnerships with other departments, and to develop a healthy respect for other disciplines. At Yavapai College in Arizona, a survey examined the ways in which faculty in other departments were using writing as part of a writing across the curriculum program. The two disciplines selected were far removed from the humanities and English: gunsmithing and nursing. Sociology was chosen as a third discipline. Research consisted of classroom observation and student and faculty interviews and questionnaires. Results showed that much writing and thinking was going on in the classrooms but that it was being used to show learning, not to discover ideas or create new knowledge. Most all writing was transactional in its effort to complete tasks and not reflective, or as Donald Gray says, a "record of the mind in the act of knowing." Faculty expected a polished piece, not a trail of invention or thinking. Instructors were also vague about their rationales for their writing assignments. (Contains 4 tables of data, a table of recommendations for working with faculty in other disciplines, and 14 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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