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Patrick Bahls Student Writing in the Quantitative Disciplines. A Guide for College Faculty

Patrick Bahls Student Writing in the Quantitative Disciplines. A Guide for College Faculty

Designing interesting problems and writing assignments is one of the chief tasks of all teachers, but it can be especially challenging to translate and apply learning theory, good teaching techniques, and writing assignments into STEM and other quantitative disciplines. Student Writing in the Quantitative Disciplines offers instructors in math-based disciplines meaningful approaches to making their coursework richer and more relevant for their students, as well as satisfying institutional imperatives for writing curricula. This important resource provides instructors with the hands-on skills needed to guide their students in writing well in quantitative courses at all levels of the college curriculum and to promote students' general cognitive and intellectual growth. Comprehensive in scope, the book includes: Ideas for using writing as a means of learning mathematical concepts Illustrative examples of effective writing activities and assignments in a number of different genres Assessment criteria and effective strategies for responding to students' writing Examples of ways to help students engage in peer review, revision, and resubmission of their written work «Those of us who spend our lives urging faculty in all disciplines to integrate more writing into their courses have wished for the day when someone like Patrick Bahls would step forward with a book like this one.»—Chris M. Anson, University Distinguished Professor and director, Campus Writing and Speaking Program, North Carolina State University «Written by a mathematician, this readable, theoretically sound book describes practical strategies for teachers in the quantitative sciences to assign and respond to students' writing. It also describes numerous approaches to writing that engage students in disciplinary learning, collaborative discovery, and effective communication.»—Art Young, Campbell Professor of English emeritus, Clemson University «Loaded with practical advice, this timely, important, and engaging book will be an invaluable resource for instructors wishing to bring the benefits of writing-to-learn to the quantitative disciplines. As a mathematician thoroughly grounded in writing-across-the-curriculum scholarship, Bahls brings humor, classroom experience, and pedagogical savvy to a mission he clearly loves—improving the quality of student learning in math and science.»—John C. Bean, professor, Seattle University, and author, Engaging Ideas

Barbara Walvoord E. Assessing and Improving Student Writing in College. A Guide for Institutions, General Education, Departments, and Classrooms

Barbara Walvoord E. Assessing and Improving Student Writing in College. A Guide for Institutions, General Education, Departments, and Classrooms

Step-by-step guidance for shaping better writers while keeping faculty workloads manageable Effective communication is a critical skill for many academic disciplines and careers, and so colleges and universities and their faculty members are rightfully committed to improving student writing across the curriculum. Guiding and assessing student writing in classrooms, general education, and departments takes knowledge, planning, and persistence, but it can be done effectively and efficiently. Written in the concise, accessible style Barbara Walvoord is known for, Assessing and Improving Student Writing in College: A Guide for Institutions, General Education, Departments, and Classrooms offers administrators, program chairs, general education leaders, and classroom instructors the guidance they need. The book provides concrete suggestions for how to: Articulate goals for student writing Measure student writing Improve student writing Document that improvement The book begins by addressing four basic concepts: what we mean by writing, what we mean by «good» writing, how students learn to write, and the purposes of assessment. Next, Walvoord explains the various approaches and methods for assessing writing, urging a combination of them adapted to the institution's purposes and political context. After this introduction, successive chapters offer realistic, practical advice to institution-wide and general education leaders, department members, and classroom instructors. Walvoord addresses issues such as how to engage faculty, how to use rubrics, how to aggregate assessment information at the department and institutional levels, and how to report assessment information to accreditors. The chapter for classroom instructors offers practical suggestions: how to add more writing to a course without substantially increasing the grading load; how to construct writing assignments, how to make grading and responding more effective and time-efficient, how to address grammar and punctuation, and how to support students whose native language is not English. The book also includes four helpful appendices: a taxonomy of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) programs; sample outlines for faculty development workshops; a student survey on teaching methods instructors can use to inform their choices in the classroom; and a student self-check cover sheet designed to help students take ownership of their own learning and responsibility for turning in complete, correct assignments. Practical, step-by-step guidance for each point in the assessment and improvement process creates a cohesive, institution-wide system that keeps students, faculty, and administrators on the same page.

Focus on Grammar Interactive 5: Online Version

Focus on Grammar Interactive 5: Online Version

Clear, contextualized, and interactive, the five-level Focus on Grammar Interactive provides a communicative review of English grammar that covers all language skills through a comprehensive, motivating, and fun practice of grammar points and skills. Focus on Grammar Interactive is now available online. Students can log in from home, from the lab, or from any location with Internet access. Teachers can manage their class, set assignments, and monitor students' progress with the program's easy-to-use management tools. The Focus on Grammar Interactive online course mirrors the syllabus of the best-selling textbook series, Focus on Grammar, Third Edition. Features Access anywhere, anytime - Your students log on from any computer anytime, offering flexibility and convenience. Easy to use - The navigation is simple and intuitive. Ongoing student assessment allows teachers and students to monitor student progress. Automated feedback guides students' skill development. Grammar Notes help learners understand cultural differences and learn a new language within a broader social context. Abundant contextualized exercises-including grammar, reading, listening, dictation, and speaking activities - provide students with extensive and meaningful lab practice. Target structures are presented in full reading and listening passages to help students discover the grammar. Dictation exercises provide students with controlled listening and writing practice. Speaking exercises give students the opportunity for further oral practice of the vocabulary, grammatical structures, and themes introduced in the unit. Review quizzes and reports help students monitor their own progress and work. Additional exercises for remedial practice are provided for each grammar point so that students can work on improving weaker areas. A new From Grammar to Writing section provides students with additional writing practice based on unit topics through a series of controlled exercises leading to authentic pieces of writing that can be submitted for grading. Engaging games provide fun opportunities to review key structures. The new online version puts you in charge! Study plans: Customize the course syllabus to meet your curriculum needs. Progress reports: View detailed reports displaying "time on task" as well as practice, quiz, and test scores. E-portfolios: Monitor and assess students' progress on written assignments electronically.

Intergovernmental Finances In Hungary: A Decade Of Experience 1990-2000

Intergovernmental Finances In Hungary: A Decade Of Experience 1990-2000

Intergovernmental Finance in Hungary illustrates the decade-long transformation of the Hungarian subnational system with a focus on subnational finance. This comprehensive guide presents government practitioners and other readers with rich real-life evidence on most municipal activities. It builds upon dozens of policy analyses prepared by local and international specialists and covers various aspects of municipal life, such as: revenue and expenditure assignments, taxation, intergovernmental transfers, strategic planning, outsourcing, public-private partnership, utility regulation, asset and liability management, municipal enterprises, household arrears, project financing, borrowing, and insolvency resolution. Part one is an overview of developments and policy proposals in the 1990s. Part two provides 28 case studies that address: how to enhance the intergovernmental system, how to build local government expertise in strategic management and finance, and how to design a competitive framework for financing subnational governments. Hungary's early and substantive reforms have provided ample opportunities to test and measure in a transition economy the impact of decentralization structures and instruments that have worked well in developed nations. The process is still incomplete and the results are imperfect, but Hungary's transition and its innovative and adaptive local governments have proven the merits of fiscal decentralization.


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