Teaching Scientific Writing Via Learning Community
To help science majors learn IMRaD writing as early as possible, a learning community was created linking one section of First-Year Biology with one section of First-Year Composition. Students designed their own biology experiment and learned how to write it up in both a formal lab report and a formal conference poster. Improvement in scientific writing was measured by comparing the learning community's writing to that of other Biology sections. This session describes the community, presents the results of the experiment, and invites participants to consider ways of improving disciplinary writing using learning communities.
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