Assignments across the Curriculum: A National Study of by Dan Melzer

By Dan Melzer

In Assignments around the Curriculum, Dan Melzer analyzes the rhetorical gains and genres of writing assignments during the writing-to-learn and writing-in-the-disciplines views. providing the result of his research of 2,101 writing assignments from undergraduate classes within the normal sciences, social sciences, company, and arts in a hundred postsecondary associations within the usa, Assignments around the Curriculum is exclusive in its cross-institutional breadth and its specialise in writing assignments.

The effects supply a breathtaking view of school writing within the usa. Melzer's framework starts with the rhetorical events of the assignments—the reasons and audiences—and broadens to incorporate the assignments' genres and discourse group contexts. between his conclusions is that classes hooked up to a writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) initiative ask scholars to put in writing extra frequently, in a wider variety of genres, and for a greater diversity of reasons and audiences than non-WAC classes do, creating a compelling case for the impact of the WAC movement.

Melzer's paintings additionally finds styles within the rhetorical occasions, genres, and discourse groups of school writing within the usa. those better styles are of curiosity to WAC practitioners operating with school throughout disciplines, to writing heart coordinators and tutors operating with scholars who deliver assignments from a number of fields, to composition software directors, to first-year writing teachers attracted to getting ready scholars for school writing, and to highschool lecturers trying to bridge the space among highschool and faculty writing.

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