Faculty Book Group (FBG)

The Meaningful Writing Project | Spring 2018 | Meeting 2

Mar 12, 2018 [ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR]
1:00pm-2:00pm
348, James E. Walker Library (LIB)

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You are invited to join a group of colleagues who will be reading and discussing the book The Meaningful Writing Project.  

The publisher’s website describes the book as follows:

In the face of the continuing ...

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You are invited to join a group of colleagues who will be reading and discussing the book The Meaningful Writing Project.  

The publisher’s website describes the book as follows:

In the face of the continuing discourse of crisis in US education, The Meaningful Writing Project offers readers an affirming story of writing in higher education that shares students’ experiences in their own voices. In presenting the results of a three-year study consisting of surveys and interviews of university seniors and their faculty across three diverse institutions, authors Michele Eodice, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neal Lerner consider students’ perceptions of their meaningful writing experiences, the qualities of those experiences, and instructors’ perspectives on assignment design and delivery.

This study confirms that meaningful assignments offer students opportunities to engage with instructors, peers, and texts and are relevant to past experiences and passions as well as to future aspirations and identities. Meaningful writing occurs across majors, in both required and elective courses, and beyond students’ years at college. Additionally, the study makes clear that faculty across the curriculum devote significant care and attention to creating writing assignments that support student learning, as they understand writing performance to be a developmental process connected to overall cognitive and social development, student engagement with learning, and success in a wide variety of disciplines and professions.

The Meaningful Writing Project provides writing center directors, WPAs, other composition scholars, and all faculty interested in teaching and learning with writing an unprecedented look into the writing projects students find meaningful.  

The group will be facilitated by Julie Barger and Kate Pantelides and will meet four times:

  • February 21, March 12, March 21, April 11
  • 1-2 PM
  • LT&ITC, Library 348  

Each participant will be provided with a copy of the book in advance of the first meeting.  

Participation is limited; if you are interested in joining the group, please register as soon as possible.  

If you have questions, contact Sheila Otto at Sheila.Otto@mtsu.edu.

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