ERIC Number: ED409584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Developing a Writing Program in Engineering: Teaching Writing to Teach Engineering Literacies.
Thompson, Nancy S.; Alford, Elisabeth M.
A discipline-specific writing center is the nucleus of a writing-in-the-disciplines (WID) program in engineering, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of South Carolina. As a writing program, the writing center serves student writers and faculty in ECE and integrates writing consultation into the engineering curriculum, especially into ECE's sequence of five mandatory lab courses. This approach to creating and maintaining a WID program grew out of theory, research, and experience in the fields of composition and rhetoric and engineering education. The program was designed in the contexts of theories of literacy or language acquisition as central to the process by which students become members of a professional, or discourse community. A major goal of the program was the development of pedagogical methods, grounded in theory, that would support students as they acquired the literacies of engineering. (Contains 4 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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