Writing Across the Chemistry Curriculum

Writing Across the Chemistry Curriculum : An Instructor's Handbook

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Useful in all undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses.One of the current challenges facing science educators is that of student writing skills. There is a widespread (and correct) impression that science students cannot write and that they need to learn how if they are to succeed as professionals. Writing-across-the-curriculum programs, offered at a number of institutions, are designed to improve students' rhetorical and writing skills by requiring written coursework in all or most courses (including courses that have traditionally been more quantitative, like chemistry and physics). Designed exclusively for Instructors, this book discusses issues surrounding the implementation of writing-across-the-curriculum programs in physical science, particularly chemistry. For those who are considering or already offering such programs, this book is a rich resource of clear, practical, step-by-step suggestions and other advice.
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  • Paperback | 91 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 7.62mm | 22.68g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0130292842
  • 9780130292841

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This book discusses issues surrounding a teacher implemented a writing-across-the-curriculum program--designed to improve students' rhetorical and writing skills--in physical science, particularly chemistry. It contains practical material such as suggested assignments and strategies that can be put into practice immediately to use writing effectively. A comprehensive reference tool, the advice offered in this book applies to courses throughout the entire chemistry curriculum, including graduate education. Other coverage discusses designing, grading, and responding to writing assignments. For instructors who are considering, or already offering such programs, this book is a rich resource of clear, step-by-step suggestions.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Designing Effective Writing Assignments. Characteristics of a Good Assignment. Topic Types. Conceptual Levels. Formality and Informality in Writing Requirements. Constructing a Good Assignment. Summary.3. Using Writing in the Chemistry Curriculum. Using Writing in an Individual Chemistry Course. Using Writing Across the Curriculum. Summary.4. Grading Writing Assignments. Weighting Writing. Holistic Grading. Analytical Approach. Ungraded Writing. Training Graders. Summary.5. Responding to Student Writing. Writing Responses. Peer Evaluation. Conferencing. Summary.6. Assignments. Content-Specific Assignments. Re-Integration/Enrichment Assignments. Exam-Preparation Assignments. Form-Specific Assignments. Professional Advancement Assignments.7. Annotated Bibliography. Style Guides. Dictionaries and Usage Guides. Internet Resources. Professional and Technical Writing Guides. Other Resources for Writers. Resources for Teaching Writing.
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"New instructors could benefit from the wealth of experience that is shared and older instructors could benefit by a different view of some of the things that they may have tried in the past...." - David R. Burgess, Rivier College"This text would definitely be useful for all faculty interested in incorporating writing in their courses." - Virginia M. Montecino, New Century College"(The text) is clear, concise, to the point and full of good ideas." - John N. cooper, Bucknell University
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About Jeffrey Kovac

Educated at Reed College and Yale University, Jeffrey Kovac, is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tenessee where he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry since 1976. Since 1995 he has also been Director of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences, a four-week summer residential program for high school students. His interdisciplinary scholarly interests include statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, history and philosophy of science, especially scientific ethics, and chemical education. As a scientist and a writer, he has long believed that writing is both and effective learning tool and an essential professional skill and has used it in his courses whenever possible. Donna W. Sherwood is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Knoxville College and teaches women's studies at the University of Tennessee. Donna also directs the writing program in the annual Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences and assists civil environmental engineering students in producing professional papers. "Writing Across the Chemistry Curriculum" is the final product of her work with Professor Kovac to develop materials and present workshops for undergraduate chemistry teaches who want to teach writing in their courses.
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