Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing

Bartholomae and Matway, The Pittsburgh Study of Writing

The Pittsburgh Study of Writing

APPENDIX A: Faculty Interview Responses (Complexity)

  • L.A. (Hispanic Languages & Literatures) says that in her field, it's not enough for writing to be correct, clean, and clear; instead, it must engage a reader on many levels.  She acknowledges that this type of writing, which calls on students to manage multiple texts or disciplines, can be very difficult, and she takes pains to support her students as they attempt it.
  • R.L. (Political Science) wants students to consider a statement from a variety of points of view, and "to understand trends and to see patterns" in complex bodies of information.