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The Craft of College TeachingA Practical Guide$
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Robert DiYanni and Anton Borst

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183800

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183800.001.0001

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Writing and Learning

Writing and Learning

(p.160) Chapter Nine Writing and Learning
The Craft of College Teaching

Robert DiYanni

Anton Borst

Robert DiYanni

Anton Borst

Princeton University Press

This chapter is concerned with how writing can be used to enhance, extend, and deepen students' learning. Students normally think of writing as difficult and challenging—as a kind of work. And to some extent, it is. Even so, writing also has its pleasures, including the pleasure of discovery through the act of writing. One of writing's greatest pleasures is using one's minds actively and imaginatively—considering ideas, exploring them, and finding ways to express them effectively. Hence, the chapter shows that the teacher's goal is to help students experience writing as an opportunity to grow intellectually and imaginatively, to develop their thinking, and to enrich their learning. This can be done by designing assignments that engage them in meaningful, productive intellectual work. These assignments can often be linked with reading, another critical faculty that can help students develop.

Keywords:   writing, reading, writing exercises, writing processes, drafting, revisions, feedback, editing, proofreading, writing impediments

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