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By Barbara E. Walvoord, Linda Lawrence Hunt, H. Fil Dowling, Joan McMahon

The authors file the long term effect upon school of writing-across-the-curriculum courses by means of gathering interviews, questionnaires, school room observations, pupil reviews, and path files from greater than seven hundred college, one to fifteen years after their first WAC stories. nearly with no exception, college participants have been replaced by means of their WAC reports, sometimes profoundly. What the authors came upon is that many college stumbled on the main significant adjustments they made weren't adjustments in instructing strategies—since these have been always shifting—but adjustments in educating philosophy: a attention of ways rookies must be fascinated about studying and of the various roles that writing can play in learning.

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On the first day, fourteen new faculty were intro­ duced to WAC, and on the second day, a follow-up was held for twelve faculty, in which considerable time was given for them to report their WAC experiences. In 1995 and 1996, Walvoord again led workshops. When Whitworth began its WAC program, there was no Writing Center on campus, a critical support component if writing­ intensive courses are required. By 1991, a center was begun in the new library with leadership provided by Marty Erb, a member of the composition faculty.

1). In Stage 3, we gathered data from small discussion groups of vari­ ous kinds, from faculty-authored presentations or written articles, from ethnographic studies of departmental cultures, and from a classroom case study. The following numbers will add up to more than fifty-seven because some faculty participated in more than one activity. Walvoord took notes as forty-three Population A faculty, mixed with twenty-three Population B faculty, discussed their WAC strategies and problems in ninety-minute luncheon meetings.

We then used those forty-three answers to construct a set of stated options for the subsequent questionnaires (Appendix C shows these options). We stated the options because we wanted part of our sample to be responding to the same set of prompts so that we could compare the relative frequency of consistently worded responses. Our need for more depth than a questionnaire could provide also led us to embed the questionnaires within small-group lunchtime dis­ cussions so that we could learn more.

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