In the Long Run: A Study of Faculty in Three Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs

  • WAC, Teaching strategies, faculty, case study, research

By Barbara E. Walvoord, Linda Lawrence Hunt, H. FiI Dowling Jr., Joan D. McMahon, with contributions by Virginia Slachman and Lisa Udel
Digitized by the Colorado State University Libraries

CoverDesigned to allow teachers immersed in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) programs and those still contemplating increasing the use of writing in their courses to peer into classrooms of those who have participated in such programs for years, this book reports on the long-term impact of WAC programs on faculty. The authors draw on interviews, questionnaires, classroom observations, student evaluations, and course documents from more than 700 faculty, one to 15 years after their first WAC experiences. Almost without exception, faculty members were changed by their WAC experiences, in some cases profoundly. What the authors discovered is that many faculty found the most meaningful changes they made were not changes in teaching strategies—since those were constantly shifting—but changes in teaching philosophy: a realization of how learners need to be involved in learning and of the many roles that writing can play in learning.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

1. Introduction and Review of Research

2. Context and Methods for the Study

3. Detailed Reports: The Institutions, Their WAC Programs, and Their Research Methods

4. What Did Faculty Expect from WAC?

5. What Did WAC Experiences Mean to Faculty?

6. How Did WAC Affect Philosophies and Attitudes about Teaching?

7. WAC Teaching Strategies: What Worked, What Didn't, and Why

8. WAC and Faculty Career Patterns

9. Conclusions and Implications

Appendix A: University of Cincinnati Questionnaire on Teaching Changes, Administered to a Random Sample of Faculty, 1993-1994

Appendix B: Whitworth College Questionnaire to Faculty Teaching W-I Courses, 1995

Appendix C: University of Cincinnati Questionnaire to Faculty on WAC Outcomes, 1991-1992

Appendix 0: Whitworth College Questionnaire to Students in W-I Courses, 1989-1991

Appendix E: Interview Questions Used on All Three Campuses, 1993-1995

Works Cited




Publication Information: Walvoord, Barbara E., Linda Lawrence, Hunt, H. Fil, Dowling Jr., & Joan D., McMahon, with contributions by Virginia Slachman and Lisa Udel. (1997). In the Long Run: A Study of Faculty in Three Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs. National Council of Teachers of English.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011


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