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ERIC Number: ED402574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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A New Wave: Teaching Writing in Duquesne University's Saturday College.
Newberry, Ruth
Duquesne's "Saturday College" program in the Greater Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) area began in the spring of 1992. This is a program designed specifically for the working adult who wants to complete a bachelor's degree in 4 years by attending classes on Saturday. The format of the program and the concerns of the adults in it required reconceiving the objectives and curricular content of traditional semester courses. The challenge is how to guide the students even though they are in class for only a few hours a week. Because the format is accelerated, educational objectives for writing instruction were listed and prioritized and emphasis given to 4 of the 11 objectives: the problem solution essay, the informative summary, comparison and contrast, and analysis with response. These objectives were chosen based on an informal survey of what writing skills faculty in other disciplines asked of their students most often. Eliminated from the list were the research paper and the taking exams essay: these, it was determined, were being covered in another course. To cover the other objectives--cross-curricular emphasis, critical reading strategies, grammar, and writing process orientation--strategies were developed coordinating out-of-class and in-class worktime. In other words, students perform exercises out of class, with the assistance of a booklet written especially for them, so class time is spent in the most productive way possible. (Contains the seven overhead figures used in the presentation.) (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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