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Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v1 p132-137 2008

In 2006-2007, we established a writing exercise in two large first-year biology courses. Overall, our exercise, which consisted of multiple drafts of a 500-word essay, offered students a good introduction to how editorial feedback can improve content and style in scientific writing. We discuss our goals, procedures, outcome, and students' responses to our initiative.

Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Essays, Writing Assignments, Editing, Feedback (Response), College Science, Foreign Countries, Content Area Writing, Workshops, Graduate Students, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Revision (Written Composition), Undergraduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Seminars

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 1280 Main Street West, Mills Library Room 504, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6, Canada. Tel: 905-525-9140; Web site: http://www.stlhe.ca

Author: Paszkowski, Cynthia; Haag, Margaret

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1335&id=EJ1055107

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