Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is an educational reform movement that gained momentum in the U.S. in the 1970s and has given impetus to a number of curricular innovations. It grew out of the conviction that children are capable of learning in a variety of creative ways, ways that go beyond traditional pedagogical methods of rote and lecture. Writing was seen as a method for encouraging that kind of learning, and a gradually developing body of research supported that idea. This emphasis on writing to learn characterized early WAC efforts.
   Composition research during the 1980s pointed out the differences in the ways people write in different disciplines, and in different organizational roles. To many writing teachers and theorists, the importance of discipline-specific communication skills in preparing students for careers became tremendously important.    Research since the mid '70s suggests that in and many instances, writing can facilitate more creative, more active learning of course content. It can also help students learn more about negotiating the social situations in which the content is This page is still a bit disorganized, but like life, it is under construction. Most of the links included below will be useful to teachers and students studying WAC. Students who are writing in WAC classes will find A Writing Student's Page more helpful.

General Sources of Information

Online Writing Labs

Other Resources

Bill Klein's Homepage
UMSL English Dept.
UM-St. Louis

http://www.umsl.edu/~klein/WAC_links.html - - Revised 7/21/96
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