2013 10 08 wells talk for faculty meeting (1)

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2013 10 08 wells talk for faculty meeting (1)

  1. 1. WRITING MATTERS
  2. 2. WRITING STATUS QUO ? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  3. 3. WRITING STATUS QUO “All First-Year Courses pay particular attention to writing and library research to ensure that all students are introduced to Macalester’s high academic expectations for these skills.” ? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  4. 4. WRITING STATUS QUO • Many FYC faculty have never been trained in writing pedagogy • 25% of FYC students report having had no explicit writing instruction ? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  5. 5. WRITING STATUS QUO “Macalester seeks to ensure that all students receive instruction in writing that gives attention to writing as a process (writing is rewriting), and that provides students individually with feedback on the mechanics and substance of their writing. While First Year Courses assists students in making a transition to college writing along with myriad aspects of college study, each student is required to take at least one additional course with a W designation, in which they will hone their writing skills and go through a process of evaluation and rewriting.” ? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  6. 6. WRITING STATUS QUO • 2011 GERC report: “Nearly one-third of Macalester students could not express their ideas clearly and less than 12 percent were categorized as ‘excellent’ in clarity of expression.” • 2013 direct assessment: no improvement in students’ ability to generate a meaningful thesis or to write well at the paragraph and sentence levels after W- course • Only argumentative writing for a scholarly audience counts: extensive training in other forms of writing doesn’t meet approval criteria? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  7. 7. WRITING STATUS QUO “The capstone experience must lead to peer-reviewed advanced work appropriate to the discipline/interdiscipline. This could be a paper synthesizing contemporary theory/research, a work of public scholarship, a paper that presents original research, a recital or creation of an original written, visual or performative work.” ? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  8. 8. WRITING STATUS QUO • Written capstone projects are not always required • Writing instruction is not always provided to students; writing is not always evaluated • The College provides no explicit guidelines about how to incorporate writing into the capstone ? CAPSTONE 2 W COURSE 1 FYC
  9. 9. WRITING STATUS QUO • Some FYCs teach writing brilliantly, others not at all • Some W-courses are rigorous, others are not • Some majors require writing- intensive capstones, others do not INCONSISTENT
  10. 10. WRITING STATUS QUO • 2011 GERC report: “Nearly one- third of Macalester students could not express their ideas clearly” • 2011 GERC report: “Less than 12 percent were categorized as ‘excellent’ in clarity of expression” • 2013 direct assessment: no improvement in students’ writing after W-course INCONSISTENT INEFFECTIVE
  11. 11. WRITING STATUS QUO • Only argumentative writing counts for the W requirement • We don’t recognize courses that teach the craft of writing unless for an academic audience • We don’t recognize courses that afford opportunities to practice writing skills without explicit instruction in writing INCONSISTENT NARROW INEFFECTIVE
  12. 12. WRITE WELL VIDEOS FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY SPAW & JPAW SESSIONS DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENTS INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENTS MAX CENTER TUTORING CASL AND TAT SESSIONS SUPPLEMENTAL WRITERS’ WORKSHOPS WORKSHOPS FOR FYC INSTRUCTORS STRENGTHS TO BUILD ONWRITING MORE AND BETTER WRITING PEDAGOGY ACROSS CAMPUS
  13. 13. courses that teach ARGUMENT in other ways courses in the CRAFT of writing courses that give PRACTICE in writing STRENGTHS TO BUILD ONWRITING
  14. 14. PRACTICE ARGUMENT CRAFT WRITING
  15. 15. WRITING PRACTICE ARGUMENT CRAFT
  16. 16. ARGUMENTARGUMENT PRACTICE CRAFT PRACTICE CRAFT WRITING REVISED THREE KINDS OF WRITING COURSES
  17. 17. THREE KINDS OF WRITING COURSES ARGUMENT Writing and editing evidence-based argumentative prose WRITING REVISED
  18. 18. ARGUMENT CRAFT Writing and the writing process as primary course content THREE KINDS OF WRITING COURSES WRITING REVISED
  19. 19. PRACTICE ARGUMENT CRAFT Opportunities to practice writing skills without explicit instruction in writing THREE KINDS OF WRITING COURSES WRITING REVISED
  20. 20. PRACTICE ARGUMENT CRAFT THREE COURSES EACH STUDENT MUST TAKE WRITING REVISED ARGUMENTARGUMENT CRAFT 2 3 ARGUMENT CRAFT PRACTICE OROR OROR OROR 1
  21. 21. FACULTY AUTONOMY DISCIPLINARY INTEGRITY ZERO COST WRITING REVISED ARGUMENT CRAFT ARGUMENT 2 3 ARGUMENT CRAFT PRACTICE OROR OROR OROR 1
  22. 22. WRITING MATTERS ARGUMENT CRAFT ARGUMENT 2 3 ARGUMENT CRAFT PRACTICE OROR OROR OROR 1

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