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Dr. Tom Pace
Rhetoric and composition studies, a growing concentration within English studies, researches the theories and practices of teaching writing. A primary interest in the field is: how can students apply the writing skills they learn in the college classroom to other academic and non-academic contexts? This application involves a specific type of writing transfer, the act by which students recruit skills and knowledge used previously in order to effectively address a new situation. Scholars have defined transfer in a variety of ways since the early twentieth century, but all have reached consensus on an important point: successful transfer demands a wide array of cognitive skills which students develop through writing assignments. Three elements of assignment design are especially critical in helping students practice and refine these cognitive skills: a problem-solving structure, task sequence, and audience awareness.
Patterson, Sean, "Elements of Successful Writing Assignment Design in Literature Courses" (2022). Senior Honors Projects. 135.
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