Book cover for Writing Beyond the University: Preparing Lifelong Learners for Lifewide Writing. Edited by Julia Bleakney, Jessie L. Moore, and Paula Rosinski.
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Representing three US institutions, these authors use results from an employer survey to illustrate how workplace perspectives on writing compare to writing practices often enacted in college classrooms. They discuss strategies for bridging this divide between the different perspectives through writing instruction and practices across the curriculum.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Select some classes (classes in a major or in general education) to evaluate, and talk with faculty about the ways they teach writing, as a way to determine if there’s a disjunction between perspectives on writing in college classrooms on your campus and workplaces, as outlined in this chapter.
  2. If a disjunction exists, who on your campus might be interested in partnering with you to address it?
  3. Which departments or programs on your campus could help you identify common employers of your graduates? Consider networking with these employers to informally or formally survey them about their perspectives on writing in the workplace.