Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

Writing Studies

Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

Writing Studies

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Writing studies, also called rhetoric and composition, is an academic discipline that was formed in the second half of the twentieth century. It developed in response to new students attending college, including soldiers returning from World War II taking classes on the GI Bill; it also developed as community colleges grew and as colleges and universities began admitting more stu- dents, especially women and students of color. The discipline has always expressed a commitment to helping all studies develop as writers. In fact, writing studies takes the teaching of writing so seriously that some scholars consider it the central focus of the field, especially the teaching of first-year composition. Overtime, other writing pro- grams have developed, including programs in technical writing; minors and majors in writing studies; and graduate programs with both MA and PhD degrees. Likewise, scholars in this field also study other top- ics, among them the history of writing; the development of writing internationally; the role of writing in other disciplines; the role of writing in the workplace and the civic sphere; personal writing; and the role of technologies in the development of writing and its teaching. …

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