ERIC Number: EJ1116423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Demystifying Disciplinary Writing: A Case Study in the Writing of Chemistry
Fredrica L. Stoller; Jones, James K.; Costanza-Robinson, Molly S.; Robinson, Marin S.
Across the Disciplines, v2 spec iss 2005
This article describes steps taken to demystify the writing of chemistry as part of the development of a junior level writing course for chemistry majors at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Although the course is offered by the chemistry department, its conception, development, implementation, and assessment have been the result of an interdisciplinary effort among course-development team members from both chemistry and applied linguistics (the latter housed in NAU's English department). To describe the process of demystifying the writing of chemistry, the authors first provide a brief description of the course that they have developed over the last four years. They then focus on the steps taken thus far to demystify the writing of chemistry for three primary groups: (1) chemistry faculty who have little experience teaching writing; (2) applied linguists, on the course-development team, who have little, if any, chemistry knowledge; and (3) junior-level chemistry students who have had little, if any, exposure to and experience with the professional genres of chemistry.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Majors (Students), College Science, Content Area Writing, Writing (Composition), Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods, Research, Metacognition, Interdisciplinary Approach, Writing Across the Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE0087570; DUE0230913