Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life

  • Digital Writing, Alternative Writing, Writing, Basic Writing, WID, WAC, pedagogy

by Chris Thaiss and Terry Myers Zawacki
Digitized by the Colorado State University Libraries

CoverThoroughly researched and incisively written, Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines draws on the results of a landmark, four-year, cross-disciplinary study of faculty and students from a wide range of majors. Their results show faculty and student writers taking risks with form and ideas as they weigh the demands of writing in the academy with their own passions for learning and self-expression. Thaiss and Zawacki demonstrate that academic disciplines are dynamic spaces that accommodate a variety of alternative styles and visions, even as they respect careful, systematic research.

Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines illuminates disciplinary assumptions, expectations, and writing practices. Its insights and conclusions will inform everyone who teaches writing or administers a WAC program.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter



Chapter One. What's Academic? What's "Alternative"?

Chapter Two. Faculty Talk About Their Writing, Disciplines, and Alternatives

Chapter Three. How Our Informants Teach Students to Write

Chapter Four. Students Talk About Expectations, Confidence, and How They Learn

Chapter Five. Implications for Teaching and Program Building

Works Cited


Publication Information: Thaiss, Chris, & Terry Myers Zawacki. (2022). Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life. The WAC Clearinghouse. https://wac.colostate.edu/books/landmarks/engaged/ (Originally published in 2006 by Heinemann)

Publication Date: March 28, 2022

Contact Information:
Chris Thaiss: cjthaiss@ucdavis.edu
Terry Myers Zawacki: tzawacki@gmu.edu

Landmark Publications in Writing Studies

Series Editor: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University

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