ERIC Number: ED456433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
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Writing History: Writing Assignment Design and Evaluation in Two American History Survey Courses.
Adkison, Stephen; Woodworth-Ney, Laura; Hatzenbuehler, Ronald L.
This interactive panel discussion paper by three educators focuses on the design and evaluation process of writing assignments in two American History survey courses at Idaho State University. The paper states that both approaches used--student-centered, and authentic writing to communicate--offer two different perspectives on using writing-to-learn assignments in introductory history courses, since both reflect particular views of how history is practiced and taught. In the paper, the Writing Center director, focusing on the discipline-specific nature of writing in history and history courses, collaborates with members of the history department to design assessment and evaluation approaches for writing assignment in history survey courses. One instructor describes how to use creative writing assignments that present history in a thematic, interpretive fashion to expose students to the narrative flow of history and help students learn and communicate the historical material presented in survey courses. Another instructor finds that writing to learn assignments encourage students to demonstrate an understanding of the focus of a given topic by explaining the concept or discussing how to investigate the problem and by applying the topic to solve problems in history studies. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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