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ERIC Number: ED558969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 156
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-8892-7187-3
Writing in the Senior Capstone: Theory and Practice
Masiello, Lea; Skipper, Tracy L.
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
Surveys of employers continually highlight the need for better communication skills among recent college graduates. Yet, writing instruction in higher education serves far more than a transactional purpose. Writing facilitates learning, helps students gain skills in analysis and synthesis, and supports a range of other personal and intellectual developmental outcomes also important to employers. To that end, "Writing in the Senior Capstone" offers the rationale and practical guidance for infusing writing into culminating academic experiences for college seniors. Recognizing that writing-intensive capstones already exist on many campuses, the authors also offer a range of strategies and activities to support the development of independent senior projects, while honing students' thinking, writing, and presentation skills. Following a list of tables and figures and a preface, this book is organized into the following parts and chapters: Part I: Foundations for Writing in the Senior Capstone: (1) The Senior Capstone and Writing Instruction: Helping Students Look Back and Move Forward; (2) The Role of Writing in the Capstone: Supporting Personal and Intellectual Development; and (3) Guidelines for Writing Instruction in the Senior Capstone. Part II: Writing Activities for the Senior Capstone: (4) Informal Writing: Promoting Creativity and Critical Thinking; (5) Portfolios and Assessment of the Senior Capstone; (6) Strategies for Supporting Research Writing; (7) A Range of Persuasive Purposes in Academic Discourse; and (8) Oral Presentations: Unifying Spoken and Written Communication. The book ends with a conclusion, followed by a list of references, an index, and a section about the authors.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition