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Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition by K. Patricia Cross, Claire Howell Major, Elizabeth F. Barkley

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Chapter 13Techniques Focusing on Writing

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead” (attributed to George Fowler; Byrne, 1988, p. 46). Many students share a similar opinion of writing, yet it can be an invaluable tool for learning. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), created to reinforce writing skills in classes outside of English composition, brought attention to just that: writing as a means for learning. On a general basis, writing can teach critical thinking by helping students organize, summarize, and integrate and synthesize diverse elements into a coherent whole. Writing can also teach students to be aware of their own learning processes. Specifically, WAC advocates ...

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