Why introduce more writing into content courses?
Writing Across the Disciplines meets two main objectives:
First, and most importantly, writing is a way of learning. Writing helps students think through the ideas and concepts in a given course, giving them ownership of the information they are gaining.
Secondly, frequent writing assignments actually help students improve their writing through practice. Though strengthening writing skills is not the primary goal of writing in content courses, it is a desired outcome. Students need more writing practice than one or two composition courses can give them. If they are writing in many classes, they will develop and maintain good written communication skills.
Besides the benefits of Writing across the Disciplines to students, the faculty reaps benefits as well. Faculty teaching writing across the curriculum creates a community that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Teachers from all over campus work together to share ideas and strategies for improving student learning through writing.