Reaching Students Who “Don’t Need Writing”

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“Last year, when I decided to teach a writing seminar on video games, I knew it would attract students — but not the type who were usually in my writing courses,” writes Elizabeth Hyde Stevens Lecturer at Boston University.

In an insightful article, she continues:

And in fact, I soon found that I had a very different demographic on my hands. Most of the seminar’s students were majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math. They were very bright — and very quiet.

STEM is a buzzword I’ve heard everywhere, from the State of the Union speech to job postings. But many of us who teach in the humanities at large research universities can find it difficult to reach STEM students. They often say they “don’t need” our kind of inquiry — or writing skills — in their field. On the first day of class, many of my students (all gamers) said they didn’t like writing or “would rather be doing math homework.” Yet by the final day of class, the mood had shifted. A student studying biology, chemistry, and psychology wrote, “Never have I been more intrigued and engrossed in writing, and never have I enjoyed it more.”

Read the full story.

PHOTO CREDIT: By Story and photos by Pfc. Erik Anderson, 3rd HBCT Public Affairs – United States Army, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8263546

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