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ERIC Number: ED457239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 30
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A Case Study of the Writing Experience of an Engineering Student as Part of a Portfolio-Based Writing Program Evaluation.
Scott, Cathie; Plumb, Carolyn
The College of Engineering at the University of Washington conducted a portfolio evaluation project to better understand the nature and effects of its writing project. The project was implemented to address two needs: (1) the need expressed inside and outside the college for graduates with better communication skills; and (2) the need to demonstrate that the college has a process in place that meets new accreditation criteria for communication programs in engineering schools. From spring 1997 through spring 2000, researchers compiled portfolios for 11 students representing selected departments in the college. The portfolios contained papers written for courses, reflection papers written for the project, and interview notes, surveys, process logs, and other evidence of student writing experiences. The evidence collected has provided a wealth of information, as illustrated by the case study of one electrical engineering student. As this student moved through his studies, he identified his own strengths and weaknesses as a writer and the strengths and weaknesses of the writing program in preparing him to write at school and work. In autumn 1999, faculty, student, and industry representatives reviewed evidence from the portfolios for this student and other students in the project in order to develop performance-based writing outcomes for students graduating from college and to evaluate gaps between these outcomes and the writing of students currently in the college. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 32 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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