Dartmouth institute for writing and rhetoric center

Perhaps most important of all, we are learning in studies of transfer that how something transfers is not the same depending on what—what kind of knowledge or know-how—is being transferred Donahue. Every course intentionally affords writing and speaking knowledge transfer.

The same autonomy of the Institute that encourages conversation and collaboration across disciplines fosters conversation and collaboration across the Institute—bringing together writing and speech faculty with similar intellectual pursuits and pedagogical aims.

Rhetorical flexibility becomes a core value in all contexts; students who are writing experts expect to negotiate new contexts, to create hybrids, to tolerate ambiguity, and to persist when tasks are challenging. Position will run from August 1st, to July 30th, with possibility of renewal.

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The Davis Foundation-supported work served this same purpose, results aside. Position will run from August 1st, to July 30th, with possibility of renewal. The fact that the majority of students draw on similar strategies for argument structure and evidence across the sequence of writing courses could also suggest a few possible hypotheses and areas for further inquiry: At the level of general, descriptive categorization, the first-year writing sample is somewhat uniform. Several longitudinal studies of student writing in the past couple of decades have offered warnings to the field of composition about the challenges of transfer. Class size for Writing is capped at 15 and students meet weekly with the class teaching assistant to discuss their writing. Ogunfeyimi, J. Our structures and practices The IWR today has an institutional structure, course sequencing, diverse disciplinary inflections, and faculty practices that are all already priming us for a curriculum that intentionally fosters knowledge transfer. Be strict in your grading, he instructed professors—and not only writing professors, but professors of subsequent classes The Writing of Dartmouth Students after the Freshman Year This understanding serves as a foundation for thinking and writing across the rest of the curriculum. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Grushina, A. The Assistant Director for Program Development is a faculty position equivalent to.

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The Davis Study has already produced results that offer insight into student writing. The fact that the majority of students draw on similar strategies for argument structure and evidence across the sequence of writing courses could also suggest a few possible hypotheses and areas for further inquiry: At the level of general, descriptive categorization, the first-year writing sample is somewhat uniform.

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Faculty from different types of courses attend together, to develop collective understandings of writing and speaking instruction, and to share across course types. By giving our faculty an opportunity to explore research-based perspectives on student writing, to design and test new approaches, and to engage in ongoing conversation about the results of their efforts, we hope to promote a flexible and informed teaching culture that will facilitate the possibility of transfer. Regarding content Case study results of individual students suggest that students appear to seek out opportunities to write about similar topics from similar angles across the two courses, which might account for some of their re-use strategies. Pfister, G. Preliminary interviews will take place at the MLA Annual Convention in January and by video conference for those unable to attend the conference. Out of those papers we generate a stratified random sample from across the four possible course sequences, which includes the first and final papers from approximately fifty students in each cohort across their first year. Since , we have been collecting the first and last source-based assignment from all of our first-year writing courses. Our work over the past few years has focused particularly on stimulating discussion of course outcomes, promoting a research-based understanding of student writing development, and increasing opportunities for multimodal composition in the first-year writing classroom.

First-year Seminars emphasize the importance of written expression in all disciplines. This phase of program design is in its earliest stages. Writing and 5 faculty are in conversation at least some of the time with FYS faculty, who are themselves grappling with the discipline including the contentthe writing, and the in-between-ness of a seminar whose objective is not full disciplinary integration.

Additional Davis Study initiatives In addition to the study of student writing as a way to engage faculty in curricular thinking about transfer, two curricular pilots supported by the Davis Study have begun to support teaching for transfer by fostering faculty exchange and encouraging attention to rhetorical flexibility.

Ours, however, is a larger-scale study with a quantitative dimension.

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