ASRW uses a “Writing across the Disciplines” (WAD) approach to introduce students to the disciplinary culture – and research and writing styles – of subjects within the Faculty of Arts. This involves identifying common features of academic knowledge-making and dissemination, as well as comparing disciplinary practices of research and writing.
The WAD approach is also sometimes known as “Writing across the Curriculum” (WAC). UBC’s Faculty of Science has a great set of WAC resources for students and faculty, available here.
Related approaches to academic writing instruction include
- “Writing in the Disciplines” (WID), which teaches students the conventions and practices of a particular academic discipline; and
- “Writing to Learn” (WTL), which uses writing tasks to consolidate subject-matter learning within a particular discipline.
Writing to learn, across and in the disciplines
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