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The AWC: Student Performance, Retention, and Employability

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James Hardiman Library

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While innovation is seen as a key ingredient for success in academia, good academic writing is a skill that is often taken for granted. We know from the work of Peter Elbow (1981) that writing is a creative and imaginative process, irrespective of the subject. Janet Giltrow (2002) has argued that ‘style is meaningful’ and impacts the development of ideas. More recently, Helen Sword (2012) has drawn attention to ‘stylish academic writing’, arguing that ‘intellectual creativity thrives best in an atmosphere of experimentation rather than conformity’ (1). Yet the precise relationship between academic writing and innovation remains to be explored; to do so means to highlight the crucial importance of writing centres, writing instructors, and pedagogical initiatives to academia at large.

This seminar will examine the connection between academic writing and innovation from a variety of perspectives, including the use of the PBL approach and other innovative methodologies, the switch from assessing to improving student writing, the role of writing centres, and the ideology of writing spaces. .


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