Guest editors: Pamela B. Childers, Lesley University, and Michael J. Lowry, The McCallie School
Writing in secondary schools is a multidisciplinary enterprise that involves nearly every course in the curriculum. Students often indicate on surveys that they do a substantial amount of writing in history, science, foreign language and seminar classes in other disciplines, suggesting a clear need for further research and investigation. While Sommers and Saltz (2004) as well as Lunsford and Lunsford (2008) have given English teachers a fairly clear understanding of what students are required to do in FYC classes when they reach college, one important question still remains: How are students—in both college-prep and non-college-prep courses—writing to learn and learning to write disciplinary discourse in secondary schools? In order to have a better understanding of the experiences our students have before entering higher education and the role disciplines other than English have had on their writing, we need to hear from those who are practicing and researching such practices across disciplines at the secondary level. Therefore, in this special issue of Across the Disciplines, we invite proposals for articles that explore questions such as the following:
We welcome proposals focused on these and other questions related to writing across the secondary school theory, research, pedagogy, and program administration. We also welcome collaborations among WAC scholars, secondary school scholars, and students across disciplines.
Deadline for Proposals: May 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: by July 2011
Manuscripts Due: December 15, 2011
Publication: Spring/Fall 2012
Proposal Format: Proposal Format: Please submit a one-page proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article. Proposals and manuscripts should follow guidelines for Across the Disciplines (http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/submissions.cfm). Send your proposal electronically (in MS Word format) to guest editors Pamela Childers (email@example.com), Michael Lowry (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the editor of ATD, Michael Pemberton (email@example.com). Please be sure to include your full contact information.