by Sheri Denison, Ph.D.; Debi Fox, Ph.D.; and Joan O'Leary, Ph.D.
Context of the Inquiry
ENGL A111: Methods of Written Communication
Course prepares students for tracked 200-level ENGL courses by providing introduction to college-level research writing
Focus of the Inquiry
Writing backgrounds of students vary significantly, from very adept beginning research writers to those who have never written an academic paper requiring sources or specific formatting/citation conventions.
Research and writing skills are difficult to learn if the required tasks, skills, and topics are presented in a disjointed manner.
The goals of this inquiry were to:
Course Design and Implementation
Course changes focus on selected thematic readings, allowing teachers to control readings and to assist students in critical thinking and documentation