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ERIC Number: ED458611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 22
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Moving beyond the Rhetoric: Developing Writing Competency for Global Changes in Higher Education.
Millard, Thomas L.
This paper is a "how-to" paper for promoting writing and critical thinking skills. Intended to be practical in providing timely and helpful strategies for fostering analytical thinking and effective writing among college students, the paper is offered as a useful resource for classroom instructors seeking fresh new ideas and approaches for motivating and promoting excellence in student performance. While the paper may give the appearance of a response to current criticisms of higher education for its (alleged) failure to produce graduates who can write coherent sentences or who are seemingly ill-equipped for the workplace, it had its beginnings in the 1970s and thus predates current concerns. Since traditionally assigned topics or themes for writing assignments were insufficient to engage student interest in creative thinking and writing, a different approach for writing assignments was prescribed--students were to write essays and not research-focused papers. Embedded in this approach were the following broad objectives and goals: (1) enhancing students' awareness of writing; (2) encouraging them to write "term papers" for refereed professional journals; and (3) making such efforts a single educative experience they could appreciate as enjoyable and/or rewarding. A number of factors contributed to the success of the program over the years, and one that stands out is that students find credibility in a writer's efforts when they know that he or she has been published. (Contains 11 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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