ERIC Number: ED451529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
The Great Instauration: Restoring Professional and Technical Writing to the Humanities.
Di Renzo, Anthony
If you wish to start an undergraduate professional and technical writing (PTW) program at a small liberal arts college, you will find good arguments for your project in the educational writings of Sir Francis Bacon. This paper gathers some of Bacon's educational ideas from various writings and applies them to the five stages of undergraduate program development: planning, implementation, mission, design and development, and staffing and administration. Unlike other Renaissance Humanists, Bacon located the New Learning (what we now call the humanities) within the related contexts of scientific discovery and invention and professional training and development. His treatise, "The Advancement of Learning," proposes to draw knowledge from and apply knowledge to the natural and social world. Bacon's curricular ideas can benefit emerging PTW programs in the humanities in three ways: They make a convincing apologia for most English departments and writing programs, wed humanistic education to public service, and provide a rich but practical theoretical framework for program development and administration. (Contains 15 notes.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (52nd, Denver, CO, March 14-17, 2001).