He continues to work extensively with Elizabeth Wardle on writing-about-writing pedagogies and is currently studying problems of researcher authority in undergraduate research in the humanities.
Carter points out instructors only account for a small portion of the composition community, and therefore disagreement is common and "often in fundamental ways.
A College Reader, which was published in In an article titled "Seeing is Believing: A mixture of selected readings from both scholars, authors, and students are provided, as well as various activities and discussion questions associated with the readings. How do readers read and writers write?
They list several reasons as to why WAW is a "smart choice" in terms of an approach to teaching first-year composition: He compares WAW to students who take courses that raise their awareness of social problems.
As public perception often shapes public policy, this uninformed view of composition as a legitimate field of study has contributed to a lack of funding and emphasis on composition classes in academia.
She reaffirms their main point as being "that we should reconceive the nature of FYC goals and focus on the content knowledge we have as a field from which students can benefit. While these were different types of students who had different learning outcomes, both stories illustrate the flexible nature of WAW and how this type of course can be tailored towards individual student needs.
Stuart Greene, Argument as Conversation: The authors discuss several benefits they observed of using WAW to teach first-year composition, but also indicate the presence of challenges associated with teaching this kind of course, and address both these challenges as well as critiques they received from colleagues.
Earning the condemnation of an entire department is bracing-and ironic when the scholarship of some of the signatories — for me, Schwegler and Shamoon — planted seeds of ideas they find unworkable.
Charlton writes, "Students were engaged and were developing research questions and projects that rivaled my on senior-level composition theory class, both in terms of complexity and overall quality of finished products.
Kutney also argues that an increased awareness of writing studies may result in students becoming more comfortable with validating their insufficiencies as a writer because they now recognize the difficulties expert writers have, and not because they now comprehend "the nuances of the composing process.
History[ edit ] Composition is not widely recognized as its own discipline.
The authors also argue that Downs and Wardle fail to position themselves into an ongoing conversation in the same way they advocate for in WAW. Russell from Iowa State University called the book "a milestone in composition textbooks.
This disappoints me, because I do maintain the ideal of scholarship wherein a constructive dialectic stretches, shapes, and builds ideas rather than merely tearing them down.
While students gain a greater sense of these issues through these courses, rarely do they display behavioral changes in regards to these issues. Visit the blog to contribute to the discussion and get some useful tips for teaching with Writing about Writing: Doug and I are arguing that composition instructors should refuse to separate knowledge about writing from practice in writing and some instruction on how to complete the writing tasks at hand.
How do you make yourself heard as college writer? There is a major difference between the type of course he and Wardle advocate from first-year writing and a course that serves as in introduction to a writing major.
How do you write?Writing about Writing: A College Reader by Elizabeth Wardle, Douglas Downs starting at $ Writing about Writing: A College Reader has 3 available editions to buy at Alibris.
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Martin's. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: about Writing University Elizabeth Wardle, University Douglas Downs The relationship between contemporary architecture and nature is fundamental to today's creativity. Some architects reject. Writing about Writing (WAW), is a method or theory of teaching composition which puts emphasis on reading and writing about writing in the writing course, and reimagines first-year composition as an "introduction to writing studies.".
Elizabeth Wardle is an associate professor and the Director of Writing Programs at the University of Central Florida.
Her research interests center on genre theory, transfer of writing-related knowledge, and infusing composition classrooms with the field's best understandings of how writing works. Elizabeth Wardle University of Dayton print version Identity, Authority, and Learning to Write in New Workplaces Despite the media's continued representation of communication as "utilitarian.Download