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Encouraging Student Writing

Encouraging Student Writing

This is a guide created for faculty members. 'This booklet is based on the premise that writing is more than just an important asset in all academic disciplines; rather it is, to borrow from linguist Robin Lakoff, the currency of the university. It is through language and writing that we communicate the knowledge that we accumulate. Writing includes far more than mechanical skills such as punctuation, grammar, and capitalization. Writing is an intellectual process that involves all the major forms of critical thinking (analysis, synthesis, comparison, inference, deduction, conclusion) and the ability to organize information, evidence, arguments, and counter-arguments in a logical and compelling form. To encourage all instructors—whatever subject they teach—to incorporate writing assigments... Show More


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