First Year Writing as Introduction to Writing StudiesPreviously first year writing courses were designed


First Year Writing as Introduction to Writing Studies

Previously, first year writing courses were designed

to teach students how to write very specific texts (like psychology papers) with great emphasis on genre and format. Students would leave these kinds of courses well prepared to compose specific types of essays but very underprepared for many other kinds of writing situations they would face.

Douglas Downs and Elizabeth Wardle proposed seeing First Year Writing differently in their article linked here.

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Today, this approach has become very popular in University First Year Writing courses and it is the approach we will be using in this class. Instead of teaching you how to write well in a few very specific genres, we will instead explore writing as a discipline of study with principles, concepts and ideas that can be transferred and applied across a wide variety of writing situations.

Writing Across the Disciplines or Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

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In this framework, writing studies courses are concerned about exploring the ways different disciplines use writing and how we can see writing as a tool to compose texts and find success in writing situations across a variety of disciplines and curriculums. This frameworks focuses on helping students see how different writers use writing in various ways in specific disciplines, such as Engineering, and often these kinds of writing studies experiences embed students into a specific discipline, offering collaboration between writers and disciplinary experts.

Social Constructivism

This framework is very important for our work in this course and suggests that writing only really functions properly and can only be understood properly if it is seen as a communal, social act. When we create texts and compositions, we do not create these things in isolation as a solo act. Instead, we create writing because we are constantly being influenced by those around us, our peers, our teachers and our anticipated audiences. Texts and compositions are created as social experiences and this dynamic greatly influences the ways in which these texts are made.

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