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ERIC Number: ED404663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 16
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A Qualitative Approach to Integrative WAC.
Siebert, Debbie L.
Many educators and researchers are discussing a shift in national education from an "instruction" paradigm emphasizing measuring inputs and providing instruction to a "learning" paradigm emphasizing outputs and producing learning. The question is how can Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) smoothly shift educational paradigms. A clarification of local goals through ongoing dialogue and assessment is vital to both the continued success of local programs and their abilities to contribute to WAC and educational reform at a national level. Using E. Guba and Y. Lincoln's "Fourth Generation Evaluation" to craft, integrate, and assess a WAC program customized to complement the unique context of its home institution, an advisory committee of 14 members designed a WAC program. B. Walvoord's "Writing across the Curriculum: A Guide to Developing Programs" was used to review the Training Model, the Conversion Model, the Problem-Solving Model, and the Faculty Dialogue Model. An Emergent Model for Integrating WAC includes a tool for integrating WAC into the various disciplines of the college, enabling involvement for almost every member of the faculty. Its components are: case study, with data collection from three sources (triangulation): faculty, college's public the Curriculum (WAC) smoothly shift educational paradigms? A clarification of documents, and contextual observations; determination of the WAC mission for use by each department's needs; intra-departmental negotiation; college-wide workshops to raise awareness and promote faculty dialogue; and context integration, in assessing the missions and objectives of the WAC program. (Contains 7 references; sample faculty dialogue model and Emergent Model for Integrating WAC are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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