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Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

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2009

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'The World Is Too Messy': The Challenge Of Historical Literacy In A General-Education Course, David R. Russell, Arturo Yanez, Corey Smith Jan 2009

'The World Is Too Messy': The Challenge Of Historical Literacy In A General-Education Course, David R. Russell, Arturo Yanez, Corey Smith

English Publications

The problem with implementing writing-intensive (or writing-emphasis) liberal arts general education (GE) courses is as evident as it is underacknowledged; that is, this seemingly well-bounded, modest reform involves significant change-on multiple levels and for multiple players in complex institutional and disciplinary activity systems. We know a little about such issues: Writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) programs are often said to present new challenges for teachers, such as a felt tension between the demands of teaching writing and covering content, and the need for substantial background in writing pedagogy (Russell, "Writing in the Academic Disciplines). Although such tensions are both urgent and real, they ...