ERIC Number: ED403006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-8
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Spreading the Word: Providing Composition Instruction through Links with Social Science Classes.
Jeffers, Robin L.
In an effort to provide students with instruction in academic writing early in their college careers, a project was undertaken to link a developmental composition course to an introductory psychology course at Washington's Bellevue College. The two professors designed a sequence of four papers offering practice in two of the more common academic writing forms: exposition and experiment write-up. For each type, students wrote two papers, one simpler and one more complex. The first expository assignment involved the application of a psychological theory to a set of facts, while the second required students to apply several theories of learning to a case study regarding a boy who is afraid of school. The third paper, which represented a simple write-up of an experiment, required students to perform a test of children's cognitive development and relate results. The fourth paper, the more complex write-up, involved the design, execution, and write-up of a field experiment. Although the project had drawbacks, including the high burden for grading papers placed on the psychology instructor, it was successful in providing students with much needed guidance in academic writing. Course materials, including the four paper assignments and a homework assignment asking students to locate a primary journal article and discuss its structure in groups, are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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