Sunday, April 25, 2010

Here's an argument that writing-across-the-curriculum helps faculty too

Although still not prevalent in law schools, the writing-across-the-curriculum movement has served students very well at the undergraduate level for the past 30 years or so.  If you're trying to convince your faculty to move in that direction, here's a short article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed making the case that WATC benefits profs too.  The benefits include:

  • Helping students with the writing process helps professors think about their own writing process;
  • It also helps remind professors how important it is to circulate early drafts as part of the drafting process in order to solicit several opinions which only help to make the final product even better; and
  • Assigning writing projects throughout the semester better helps professors assess their students progress since writing is where the rubber meets the road in terms of whether they are really "getting it" or not.

It's like the old saying:  If you really want to learn something well, try teaching it to others.  It's true with writing too.

I am the scholarship dude.


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