Writing in the Disciplines (WID), also known as Writing Across the Curriculum, is the movement to understand writing style, audiences, genre, and processes outside of the field of composition. The primary emphasis of this movement is to support students' writing experiences throughout their academic experiences at Baker College. WID also supports instructors in their development of strategies to facilitate writing in their given subject area.
Susan McLeod’s seminal article, ‘The Pedagogy of Writing Across the Curriculum’, supports that "when we write in disciplinary communities, we use the different practices of those communities, and these practices vary across disciplines (e.g. technical writing in the Sciences vs. persuasive writing in Business vs. policy writing in the Social Sciences or argumentative writing in the Humanities)"(McLeod, 2012).
WID at Baker College is characterized by three tenets:
Practice and reinforce writing as part of instruction.
To write is to demonstrate thinking and learning.
Writing is a collaboration of a community of writers.
Writing in the ClassroomWhy do I have to write papers when this isn’t a composition class? We have all heard this question and struggled with a reply. In this session, we will look at the reasoning for and advantages to writing across disciplines as well as some methods of motivating students to embrace writing.