ERIC Number: EJ830895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
A Team of Equals: Teaching Writing in the Sciences
Emerson, Lisa; MacKay, Bruce R.; MacKay, Marion B.; Funnell, Keith A.
Educational Action Research, v14 n1 p65-81 Mar 2006
Writing across the curriculum (WAC) is a way of integrating the teaching of writing into specific academic disciplines. A problem faced in the WAC literature is how to develop a process that integrates the skills of multi-disciplinary teams. In this project, action research was used to develop a team comprising faculty from the applied sciences and a writing teacher which had been commissioned to integrate the teaching of writing into an undergraduate horticulture course. Five features of action research were of particular importance: the foci of change and collaboration, the rational, systematic process it provided, the locating of the research in a real as opposed to controlled context, and the dual foci of action and research. Action research provided a successful process and structure for the project: outcomes included changed attitudes to writing amongst students and a deeper understanding of how students value written assessment. Unexpected outcomes included spontaneous participation of students in the action research process, the provision of useful methods of reflection for teaching staff, and the development of professional trust amongst faculty from different disciplines.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Across the Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Study, Action Research, Reflective Teaching, Teamwork, Integrated Curriculum, Writing Teachers, Sciences, Horticulture
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A