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Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), a movement begun over twenty years ago, is flourishing in over one-third of colleges and universities across the country. WAC is adaptable to different contexts and needs. It is a comprehensive, university-wide program that transforms the curriculum by using two complementary approaches in all disciplines—writing to learn and learning to write:

Writing to learn involves giving students many opportunities to explain things for themselves; thinking on paper; learning as discovery; writing as a way of objectifying thought. "Writing is an important way of realizing, clarifying, defining, reflecting, imagining, inventing, inquiring, organizing, interpreting, discovering, decision-making, problem-solving, and evaluating" (Hansen).

Learning to write involves introducing students to conventions of a discipline through writing assignments, thereby creating knowledge in a field.


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