University of Minnesota
interdisciplinary studies of writing
center for writing
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students writing in a lab

2011

Does Our WEC Work? Measuring the Efficacy of an Interdisciplinary Writing-Enriched Curriculum
Marcia D. Nichols, S. Rebecca Bamford, Robert L. Dunbar, and Xavier Prat-Resina, Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota–Rochester

Composition Ecology: Writing Our Way out of Crisis
Mark Pedelty, Journalism

Beyond Print: Writing About Talking
Amy Sheldon, Communication Studies

Designers and Artists Write: Revealing Writing’s Presence in the Creative Process
Virajita Singh, Center for Sustainable Building Research

2010

Writing for the Community: Investigating Student Attitudes Toward Writing in the Social Sciences
Teresa Gowan and Abigail Hagel, Sociology

Integrating Writing and Computer Graphics to Improve Technical Communication Across Disciplines
Daniel Keefe and David Schroeder, Computer Science

See and contribute content to the resulting wiki, Writing in Computer Science.

Articulate Bodies: Writing Instruction in a Performance-Based Curriculum
Margaret Werry, Theatre Arts & Dance

See resulting publication in Theatre Topics 21, no. 2 (2011): 185-197, "Articulate Bodies: Writing Instruction in a Performance-Based Curriculum." (pdf)

2009

Bridge Students Talk Back: Analyzing the Writing Component of the Summer Bridge Program
Pat Bruch and Thomas Reynolds, Writing Studies

Developmental Reflective Writing for Community Engagement Scholars
Laurel Hirt and Laura Dammer Hess, Community Service-Learning Center

Digital Writing in a Doctoral Level Pharmacotherapy Course for Physical Therapy Students
Amy Pittenger, Pharmacy, Office of CyberLearning and Outreach

See resulting publication in Distance Education 33, no 1 (2012): 61–80, “Leveraging Learning Technologies for Collaborative Writing in an Online Pharmacotherapy Course.” (abstract | pdf)

User-Generated Writing: Remixing the Composition Syllabus
Tisha Turk, English, University of Minnesota–Morris

2008

Teaching Discipline-Specific Writing to Horticulture Students Using an Online Module
Eric Watkins and Matthew Clark, Horticultural Science

2007

Integrating Critical Thinking in Pharmacy Student Writing Assignments Using the University’s e-Portfolio System
Kristin Janke, Pharmacy, Office of Educational Development

Factors that Influence the Efficacy of Student-to-Student Peer Reviews of Scientific Writing
Mark Stellmack, Psychology, and Yasmine Konheim-Kalkstein, Educational Psychology

2006

Best Practices in Teaching Writing in Engineering: A Synthesis & Forum Analysis
David Beard, Composition, University of Minnesota–Duluth

Reading and Writing in Global History: Curriculum Development of History 1019
Thomas Wolfe and Magnus Helgason, History

2005

Writing to End Homelessness in the Twin Cities
Thomas Fisher and Virajita Singh, Architecture

Blogging with Rubrics: Helping Students Increase the Quality of Their Writing Through Critical Thinking
Jennifer King, Soil, Water, and Climate

2004

Teaching Technical Communication to Engineering Students: Improving Skills through Role-Play
Charles Clanton and Jenni Swenson, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Refining Lab Report Writing across the Horticultural Curriculum
Emily Hoover, Marjorie Ross, and Neil Anderson, Horticultural Science

The Impact of Case-Based Writing Assignments and Instructor Feedback on Course Outcomes in Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Leslie Sharkey, Veterinary Population Medicine

See resulting publication in The Journal of Veterinary Medical Education Online 34(4): 423 (2007), “The Evolution of a Course in Veterinary Clinical Pathology: The Application of Case-Based Writing Assignments to Focus on Skill Development and Facilitation of Learning” (pdf)

2003

College Writing Placement Study: Assessing Student Writing Skills/Instructional Needs
Janet Erickson, Brad Deane, Jennie Joiner, and Argie Manolis, English

2002

Life Histories as the Focus on Writing in Somali and Other Immigrant Communities
Dan Detzner, Family Social Science, and Robin Murie, Commanding English Program, General College

Relations Between the Writing Intensive Faculty and Freshman Composition
Donald Ross, English

2001

Writing Across the Curriculum: Where Does Horticultural Science Fit In?
Emily Hoover, Neil Anderson, and Jeff Gillman, Horticultural Science

See associated technical report, Writing Across the Curriculum: Where Does Horticultural Science Fit in? (2002) (pdf)

See resulting publication in HortTechnology 14(4): 621 (2004), "Writing Across the Curriculum: Where Does Horticultural Science Fit In?" (abstract | pdf)

African American Read-In
Ezra Hyland, General College

Analysis of Voices from the Gaps
Toni A.H. McNaron, English; and Carol Miller, American Studies

See associated technical report, Not Just Junk on the Web: How Online Writing Assignments May Benefit Student Writing (2003) (pdf)

1999

Writing Culture in the French Foreign-Language Classroom
Daniel Brewer and Catherine Pulling, French and Italian

Direct vs Translated Writing Processes: Implications for Assessment
Andrew Cohen, English as a Second Language

See associated technical report, Direct vs. Translated Writing: What Students Do and the Strategies They Use (2000) (pdf)

See resulting publication in The Modern Language Journal 85.2 (2001): 169–188. "Research on Direct versus Translated Writing: Students' Strategies and Their Results" (pdf)

Welfare and Higher Education: Written and Video Autoethnographies Featuring Student Parents Who Are on Public Assistance
Terry Collins, Academic Affairs & Curriculum, General College; Melissa Blum, English; and Holly Ingersoll, Coordinator, Student Parent MFIP Program

See associated video, Sanctioning Education: The Lives of College Student Parents on TANF (2000) (small) (large)

History Department Web-Intensive Section for World History (History 1012)
Ann Waltner, History

1998

Developing a Comprehensive Undergraduate Writing Curriculum in Geography
Richard Skaggs and Connie Weil, Geography

1997

Analytic Social Science Essays in the General College's Developmental Curriculum
Thomas Brothen and Cathrine Wambach, General College

Assessing the Importance of Writing in the Design Profession
Barbara Martinson, Design, Housing, & Apparel

Voices from the Gaps, Minority Women Writers: An Interactive Web Site
Toni McNaron, English; Carol Miller, American Studies, American Indian Studies

An African-Centered Approach to Composition: Freedom Through Culturally Relevant Literacy Instruction
Elaine Richardson, General College

Ebonics/African American Language and Literacy Conference: The Real Deal
Elaine Richardson and Ezra Hyland, General College

1996

Writing to Learn and Writing to Communicate in the Apparel Curriculum
Kim Johnson, Design, Housing, and Apparel

The Development of Writing Intensive Undergraduate Courses in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL)
Richard Leppert and Gary Thomas, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

1995

Cross-Cultural Collaborative Writing
Ann Hill Duin, Rhetoric; Ray Archie, Department of Language and Interaction Studies, University of Western Sydney

Writing for Computer Science Students
Maria Gini, Computer Science

A Writing Program for Mechanical Engineering
Will Durfee, Virgil Marple, and Warren Ibele, Mechanical Engineering

Writing and Editing Short Essays on Topics in Human Physiology
Murray Jensen, General College

Developing Undergraduate Writing-Emphasis Curriculum in the Interdisciplinary Setting of American Studies: AmSt 1001–03
Carol Miller and Lary May, American Studies

1994

Creating a Portfolio System to Improve Upper Division Writing in UMD's CLA
Steve Adams, Linda Miller-Cleary, and Greta Gaard, English, UMD

Improving CSCI 5702: Introduction to Database Theory
John Carlis, Computer Science

Writing About Scientific Topics in Entry-Level Anatomy and Physiology
Murray Jensen and Kimerly Wilcox, General College

Insights from Editing in a Second Language: Using Verbal Report to Examine the Editing Practices of Southeast Asian Students
Robin Murie and Andrew Cohen, General College

Altering the World with the Written Word
Byron Schneider and Jerome Stein, Youth Policy Education Program, Humphrey Institute

1993

Writing in the Language of Molecular Biologists
Martin Blumenfeld, Genetics and Cell Biology

CSCI 5702: Introduction to Database Theory
John Carlis and Joe Maguire, Computer Science

Writing to Learn and Writing to Communicate in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Program
Laura Duckett, Nursing

Using Intensive Writing-to-Learn Activities in the Foreign Language Classroom
Kaaren Grimstad, Scandinavian Languages and Literature; and Ray Wakefield, Department of German and Dutch

See associated technical reports, Using Writing-to-Learn Activities in the Foreign Language Classroom (1996) (pdf), and Writing Theory and Practice in the Second Language Classroom: An Annotated Bibliography (1994) (pdf)

Writing to Learn in DHA 1101
Denise Guerin, Design, Housing, and Apparel

Facilitating the Use of Expressive Writing in the Plant Science Classroom: A How-to Manual
Emily Hoover and Doug Foulk, Horticultural Science

See associated technical report, Incorporating Expressive Writing into the Classroom (1996) (abstract | pdf)

See resulting publication in HortTechnology 3 (3): 356 (1993), "Using Expressive Writing to Improve Horticultural Education" (abstract | pdf)

Examining the Writing That Special Educators Do to Improve the Writing Skills of Preservice Special Educators
Clayton Keller, Joan Karp, and Mary Linda Sather, Child and Family Development

Writing on Multicultural Subjects in Philosophy
Douglas Lewis and Anne Phibbs, Philosophy

Peer Tutoring and a Campus-Wide Writing Center
Archibald Leyasmeyer, Beverly Atkinson, and Christine Gordon, English

The Use of Full-Text Bibliographic Data Bases in Research: Implications for Undergraduate Writing Instructors
Donald Ross, English

Writing and the Cooperative Classroom
Byron Schneider and Jerome Stein, Youth Policy Education Program, Humphrey Institute

Using Intensive Writing to Learn as a Means of Reducing Limitations on Learning in Large Classes
Ruth Thomas, Vocational and Technical Education

See associated technical report, Using Intensive Writing-to-Learn as a Means of Reducing Limitations on Learning in Large Classes (1997) (abstract | pdf)

1992

NRES Problem Solving: Discovering, Analyzing, Writing and Presenting—Making the Process Work
Terence Cooper and Dorothy Anderson, Soil Science

Decision Cases for Writing Across the Curriculum
Ann Hill Duin, Rhetoric, and Steve Simmons, Agronomy

See associated monograph, Decision Cases for Writing Across the Curriculum (1996) (abstract | pdf)

Assessing the Effectiveness of Journal Writing in an Undergraduate Statistics Course
Joan Garfield, General College

Evaluating Students' Ability to Integrate Written and Visual Communication
Philip Gershmel and Catherine Lockwood, Geography

See associated technical report, Evaluating Students' Ability to Integrate Written and Visual Communication (1996) (abstract | pdf)

Improving the Quality of Writing of Computer Science Students
Maria Gini and Thomas Nurkkala, Computer Science

See associated technical report, An Assessment of the Writing of Undergraduate Computer Science Students (2002) (pdf)

Understanding about Mathematics
Laura Coffin Koch, General College

Improving Academic Writing of English Majors at the University of Minnesota
Archibald Leyasmeyer, Beverly Atkinson, and Christine Gordon, English

See associated technical report, The Challenge of Cooking for Chefs: Writing in the English Major (2001) (pdf)

Writing as a Way of Knowing in a Cross-Disciplinary Classroom
P. T. Magee, Biological Sciences, and Carol Miller, General College and American Indian Studies

See associated technical report, Writing as a Way of Knowing in a Cross-Disciplinary Classroom (1996) (abstract | pdf)

Writing Across the Department: E Pluribus Unum
Susan Mantell, K. Dooley, D. Frohrib, T. Kuehn, D. Pui, and Andreas Schramm, Mechanical Engineering

Intensive Writing as a Teaching Instrument: A Research Project in Political Science
Eli Pringle, Social and Behavioral Sciences, General College

In the Shadows of Disciplinary Writing
Geoffrey Sirc and Shawn Gillen, Arts, Communication and Philosophy Division, General College

The Facilitation of Interdisciplinary Learning Through Writing-Intensive Instruction
Ellen Stekert and Pam Olano, English

Linking Theory and Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
Jennifer Windsor, Communication Disorders

See associated technical report, Linking Theory and Practice Through Writing (1996) (pdf)

1991

The Effect of Conceptual Translation on the Quality of Undergraduate Writing
Stuart Albert, Strategic Management and Organization

Integrated Communication Instruction: A Cross-Curricular Research Proposal
Michael Bennett, Rhetoric

Writing in the Public-Service Sector: Creating and Managing a Supportive Writing Environment
Robin Brown and Joe Moses, Composition and English

Writing About Music
Michael Cherlin, Music

An Annotated Bibliography on the Uses of Writing in Service-Learning and Internship Courses
Terence Collins and Linda Adler Kassner, General College

See associated technical report, Writing in Service Learning Courses (1994) (pdf)

Assessing the Quality of Writing of Computer Science Students
Maria Gini and Thomas Nurkkala, Computer Science

Utilizing Directed Informal Writing to Improve Horticultural Education
Emily Hoover and Doug Foulk, Horticultural Science

Writing-to-Learn in Anatomy and Physiology
Julie Liss and Stephanie Hanson, Communication Disorders

See associated technical report, Writing to Learn in Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (2003) (pdf)

Writing as a Communicative Event: Writing in Academia vs Industry
David Pui and Andreas Schramm, Mechanical Engineering

An Analysis of the Factors Influencing Raters' Judgements of ESL Students' Writing
Diane Tedick, Communication and Instruction

A Study of Writing in an Individualized, Interdisciplinary, and Writing-Intensive Baccalaureate Degree Program
Kent Warren, Archibald Leyasmeyer, and Sally Nereson, Program for Individualized Learning

See associated technical report, Outside the Lines but on the Page: Perspectives on Writing in an Individualized, Writing-Intensive Baccalaureate Degree Program (1994) (pdf)

1990

Multicultural Education and Writing: A Study of Composition Programs, Curriculum and Teacher Change
Lisa Albrecht, General College

An Investigation of the Importance of Domain-Specific Knowledge for Writing Proficiency
William Bart, Curriculum and Instruction

See associated technical report, An Investigation of the Importance of Domain Specific Knowledge for Writing Proficiency (2003) (pdf)

Writing to Learn Mathematics: An Annotated Bibliography
Aparna Ganguli, General College

See associated technical report, Writing to Learn Mathematics: An Annotated Bibliography (1994) (pdf)

Tutoring via Telecommunications: A Project Report for CISW
Michael Graves and Ann Hill Duin, Rhetoric

See associated technical report, Tutoring via Telecommunications (1997) (pdf)

1989

Effects of Race, Class, and Gender on Writing
Rose Brewer, Afro-American & African Studies

The Writing of Southeast Asian-American Students in Secondary Schools and at the University
Bruce Downing, Susan Gillette, Robin Murie, and Elaine Tarone, Linguistics/ESL

The Effectiveness of the Independent Auditor's Report in Communicating the Limitations of an Audit
Gordon Duke, Carlson School of Accounting

Differences in Writing Style Among Three News Media
Irving Fang, Journalism and Mass Communications

See associated monograph, Writing Style Differences in Newspaper, Radio, and Television News (1998) (abstract | pdf)

Factors Affecting the Writing of Undergraduate Psychology Majors
P.W. Fox and Gail Peterson, Psychology

The Nature of Student Writing at the University of Minnesota in Selective Program Units
Harlan Hanson, Curriculum and Instruction

The Effects of Sustained Writing on Students' Abilities in Scientific Inquiry
Michael Loupe, Dentistry, and Chris Anson, English

Writing in the Design Disciplines
Roger Martin, Landscape Architecture

See associated monograph, Writing in the Design Disciplines (1995) (abstract | pdf)

Points of Overlap: Minority Achievement Issues and Composition Theory and Practice at the University of Minnesota
Carol Miller, General College

See associated technical reports, Students of Color in the Writing Classroom: An Annotated Bibliography (1992) (pdf) and What Students Can Tell Us about the Multicultural Classroom (1992) (pdf)

Alumni Survey: Work-Releated Writing and Composition
Jerry Rinehart, Carlson School of Management

Reading Writing Across the Curriculum
Harvey Sarles and Kathleen Brady, Comparative Literature

Writing and the Visual Arts: An Analysis of Critical Writing and Its Impact on the Student of the Visual Arts
Tom Rose, Studio Arts

Informal Writing as a Learning Tool in Comprehensive History Survey Courses
James Tracy, History

See associated technical report, Informal Writing in Comprehensive History Survey Courses (2003) (pdf)