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ERIC Number: EJ1106932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Building a Better Student Developing Critical Thinking and Writing in the Community College from Freshman Semester to Graduation
Varelas, Antonios; Wolfe, Kate S.; Ialongo, Ernest
Community College Enterprise, v21 n2 p76-92 Fall 2015
Students often enter community college with little proficiency in writing. The authors of this paper share a series of writing assignments designed to help students develop writing and critical thinking abilities throughout their community college experience. The first is a series of relatively low-stakes exercises aimed at helping beginning learners develop fundamental writing skills. The second is a structured formal writing assignment that provides support and revision opportunity, and requires the application of theory to real people. The final exercise is a series of formal and informal assignments combined with the attendant in-class discussions, which allow for the development of increasingly advanced writing and critical thinking skills. As a whole, this interdisciplinary approach engages students at different points in their skill development, and is sensitive to their needs at that point in time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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