Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Favorite comments of '16: gasstationwithoutpumps and TerriW

On Engineering the writing requirement:

gasstationwithoutpumps said...
When choices are severely constrained, there may be no good choices, so one makes the least-bad one. Most students will not have as many constraints on college choice as J, so looking for engineering writing courses in college is good advice for most would-be engineers.

Incidentally, it is probably not a matter of letting professors in other disciplines teach writing, but of forcing professors in other disciplines to teach writing. Teaching writing is hard work, and most faculty happily leave it for someone else to do.

TerriW said...
One of the writing programs we use -- IEW -- was originally born out of the African History department at Dalhousie University. Dr. Webster found that his students were coming in unable to turn in a decent paper, so he began to spend the first ten minutes of every class on how to write and slowly developed a fairly sophisticated rubric for research papers. Enrollment in his classes began to rise because word got around that if you wanted to learn how to actually write, you wouldn't take classes from the English department, but instead: African History.

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