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Writing at the small liberal arts college: Implications for teaching and learning


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Abstract (summary)

This study examines the writing requirements and structures for administering writing at 54 small, selective liberal arts college. After a brief introduction to the theory and practice of writing across the curriculum, I place writing in the context of these small colleges. I base my research on these colleges' primary documents as well as data from an extensive qualitative survey in which all 54 schools participated. I define three of the most common types of writing requirements at these institutions: (1) Composition Courses in their different forms; (2) First-Year Seminars; and, (3) Writing Intensive Courses. I discuss the self-reported advantages and challenges of each approach. I focus on the role of writing in a liberal arts education and the distributed nature of teaching writing at such schools. I then offer an overall view of writing requirements and administrative structures at these schools, noting the advantages and challenges of teaching and administering writing in these distinctive institutional settings. Finally, I move towards developing a theory and practice of writing at the small liberal arts college and propose a framework for thinking about writing that helps cultivate an overall culture of writing. I suggest some "best practices" for writing at such colleges, and include recommendations for the structure of student writing experiences, support for faculty in the teaching of writing, and the administration and oversight of writing. I end with a vision of writing across the curriculum at the small liberal arts college that integrates teaching, writing, and learning.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Rhetoric;
Composition;
Higher education;
Language arts;
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0681: Rhetoric
0681: Composition
0745: Higher education
0279: Language arts
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Education, Language, literature and linguistics, Composition, Learning, Liberal arts college, Teaching, Writing
Title
Writing at the small liberal arts college: Implications for teaching and learning
Author
Reder, Michael
Number of pages
396
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 66/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542383557, 0542383551
Advisor
Elbow, Peter
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3193937
ProQuest document ID
304996357
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304996357
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