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ERIC Number: ED422591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking with Precedent: Community-Based Development of a CAC Program.
Gruba, Paul; Tapper, Joanna
The Communication across the Curriculum (CAC) program at the University of Melbourne (Australia) was set up in a top-down manner, which was partly driven by outside pressures. Although informed by writing-across-the-curriculum theory and practice, the program reflects the university's original concern about the teaching of communication skills by addressing oral, written, visual, electronic, small group, interpersonal skills, for academic and professional purposes. The program includes direct teaching of students in guest lectures and workshops; consultations and special projects with individual staff members; tutor development; teaching short writing skills courses; and networking with the communication skills community nationally and internationally. In its second year, the project has learned something about staff concerns: their relative lack of concern about student writing; students' poor oral and interpersonal skills; and concerns about "the first year experience" and large classes. Given the teaching workload and lack of coordinated policies about teaching and learning, five challenges for the program are: (1) university policy concerning students; (2) curriculum review; (3) interest in online technology; (4) external forces; and (5) lack of CAC funding. The program has made some headway in establishing a CAC community at the grassroots level, but it still needs a steering committee to develop policy; and it still needs to develop more top-down interest and support. (Contains 8 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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