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Caribbean Journal of Education

It Takes an Island: A Survey of Writing across the Curriculum at the University of The Bahamas

Pages: 
28-52
Publication Date: 
October 2018
Issue: 
Abstract: 

This study presents the findings of a survey of faculty across the disciplines
at the University of The Bahamas (UB) regarding the types of writing they
assign students in their classes and the value they place on certain aspects of
students’ writing when assessing student work. A major goal of the study is
to build background knowledge about the state of writing instruction across
the disciplines at UB to support the growth of a possible Writing Across the
Curriculum (WAC) initiative. In the current study, UB faculty in the hard
sciences reported assigning a smaller range of writing tasks to students than
their colleagues in the humanities and social sciences. Furthermore, despite
disciplinary differences, UB faculty reported broadly similar areas of concern
when assessing student writing.

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