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Title Page, Copyright

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1. A Panoramic View of College Writing

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pp. 1-19

In “The Future of Writing Across the Curriculum: Consensus and Research,” Chris Anson (1993) traces the history of research in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), from early evidence of writing across disciplines that was mostly anecdotal...

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2. Limited Purposes, Narrow Audiences: The Rhetorical Situations of College Writing

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pp. 20-40

Stephen Wilhoit argues, “at the heart of every assignment is the rhetorical situation—someone writing to someone about something for some purpose” (Wilhoit 2002, 62). From Lloyd Bitzer to Wayne Booth to James Britton, compositionists have focused...

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3. Social Action, Social Inaction: The Genres of College Writing

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pp. 41-52

The discussion in chapter 2 of the rhetorical situations in the 2,101 writing assignments I collected provided a sense of the primary purposes and audiences students are asked to write for in academic discourse. I discussed the ways instructors in my...

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4. Each Course Is a Community: The Discourse Communities of College Writing

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pp. 53-70

In the discussion of genre in chapter 3, I expanded my analysis of the writing assignments in my study beyond just the rhetorical situation of purpose and audience, and considered the social action of typified rhetorical situations—the genres of...

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5. The Power of Writing across the Curriculum: Writing Assignments in WAC Courses

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pp. 71-100

Thus far the story of my research into writing assignments across the curriculum has been, for the most part, a story dominated by informative writing to the teacher-as-examiner, in the form of the short-answer exam. Although I’ve discussed some...

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6. Implications for Teachers, Tutors, and WAC Practitioners

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pp. 101-132

This book has aimed to begin to address Chris Anson’s call for more large-scale research into writing across the curriculum: research focused on “larger scale measures of belief and practice” (24) that will explore such questions as, “What does...

Appendix A: Institutions Surveyed

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pp. 133-136

Appendix B: Sample Coded Assignments

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pp. 137-140

References

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pp. 141-146

Index

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pp. 147-148