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ERIC Number: EJ1116408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-21
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
Bringing Students into the Loop: A Faculty Feedback Program
Blumner, Jacob; Fritz, Francis; Wice, Sarah
Across the Disciplines, v4 Jun 2007
This article describes a model for student/faculty collaboration in WAC development--students tutoring faculty on drafts of the writing assignments they have designed for their own students. While writing center scholarship is student-centered and invites student participation, Writing Across the Curriculum scholarship and implementation remains faculty-focused. However, students, often perceived as passive receivers of knowledge, bring years of experience as stakeholders in their own educations. The difficulty is to find ways for students to utilize their experience to improve curriculum and pedagogy. One practical way, in a model program described in this article, is to arrange for student writing tutors to collaborate with faculty. This model has been enacted in two settings. One school recruits faculty to bring their assignment drafts to the writing center for student feedback while the other, employing a curriculum-based writing fellows program, recruits faculty to meet with their assigned tutors to discuss writing assignments. Participating faculty and tutors were highly satisfied with the collaboration and with its effects on assignment drafting. Faculty gain useful information about improving assignment designs and curricula, and tutors make real and lasting contributions to pedagogic change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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