“Learning Through Writing” Alan Wright Université du Québec An excellent opportunity for: generating ideas, strategies, and techniques exchanging sample assignments debating the ‘whys and wherefores’ as well as explaining the ‘what’ and the ‘how to’
Alan WrightUniversité du Québec
(1) To provide students with… a core knowledge base in biology …(2) To provide students with an opportunity to engage in discovery… (3) To provide students with an opportunity to become proficient in organizational and analytical skills used in biology…
(4) To provide students with an opportunity to become proficient in communication skills used in biology, including strategies for accessing scientific literature, effective scientific writing and effective oral and visual presentation using modern technology.
(5) To expose students to the most recent ideas and discoveries in biology …(6) To provide students with a sense of the importance ofcontributions from the study of biology to other disciplines…
« Undergraduate education must allow students to acquire strong communication skills, and create graduates who are proficient in both written and oral communications. The failure of research universities seems most serious in conferring degrees upon inarticulate students… » (Boyer, p.24)
“ refers to the notion that writing should be an integral part of the learning process throughout a student’s education… across the entire curriculum… learning to write and think is a vastly more complex process than is usually acknowledged and…WAC is not (merely) a movement to promote better spelling, punctuation, and grammar use.” (Johnson)
“Generally, WAC programs promote pedagogical reform rather than curricular change. Typically, WAC programs originate out of concerns about students’ inability to write, through a concern that their institution should be doing its’ part to address the “literacy crisis.” It’s important to note that literacy “crises” are continual.”
-Students as makers and discoverers of meaning
-Seeing instructors as coaches and learners
-Shorter, multiple drafts of writing
-Course goals usually include higher-order thinking
-Use of journals, collaborative writing, peer groups
-Incorporate active learning techniques
-Use of study guides, emphasize writing/speaking
-Argument, supported with appropriate evidence.
6. Writing opportunities should be offered at all academic levels
7. Requires professional development across the disciplines
8. University-school partnerships needed.
Guelph is a learner-centred, research-intensive university that has developed a unique Ontario niche. It has a profound commitment to students and the learning experience offered to them. Students are at the centre of the dedication exhibited by faculty and staff. We are committed to ensuring the highest quality of education, and promoting and supporting access. This is not simply a platitude. (to Rae)
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