Client-Based Writing about Science: Immersing Science Students in Real Writing Contexts, Kate Kiefer and Aaron Leff.
Giving students direct experience with the writing contexts and demands they will soon face as professionals focuses their attention on learning as much as possible from a required writing course. The authors report on the development of a client-based upper-level science writing course, and discuss important issues that must be considered in this sort of client-based curriculum. (Published November 22, 2008)
In this Plenary Address given at the 9th IWAC Conference in 2008, Susan McLeod (who started her first WAC program in 1982) speculates about the future of the WAC movement. She focuses on four issues: The changing nature of communication and the cultural lag in assignment design, the question of who is in charge of the program, the ascendancy of assessment in education, and finally, the democratization and internationalization of higher education outside of the United States. (Published September 15, 2008)
Culture Shock: Teaching Writing within Interdisciplinary Contact Zones, Charlotte Brammer, Nicole Amare, and Kim Sydow Campbell.
To help writing faculty learn the language of discourse communities across campus, we conducted faculty interviews as a first attempt to describe knowledge about disciplinary cultures, specifically with regard to writing. Our interview data suggest that when writing faculty limit cross-disciplinary discussion to characteristics of good writing only, discipline stereotypes are reinforced, and communication may be restricted. However, when writing faculty discuss learning-to-write strategies with faculty in other disciplines, the results reveal commonalities about writing ideology. (Published July 9, 2008)
College Writing and Beyond: A New Framework for University Writing Instruction, Anne Beaufort, 2007. Logan, UT: Utah State UP. [ISBN 978-0-87421-659-2. 242 pages, including index. $24.95 USD (softcover).]
A book review by Dana Lynn Driscoll, Purdue University (Published March 29, 2008)