Why Writing in Science Matters

Zhu, Wei. "Faculty views on the importance of writing, the nature of academic writing, and teaching and responding to writing in the disciplines." Journal of Second Language Writing, Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2004, Pages 29–48. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1060374304000074

This study examined faculty views on academic writing and writing instruction. Data reported in this article came from ten qualitative interviews with business and engineering faculty members. Transcripts of the interviews were analyzed inductively and recursively, and two views on academic writing and writing instruction were identified. One view held that academic writing largely involved transferring general writing skills, and writing instruction would be most effectively provided by writing/language teachers. The other view recognized the unique thought and communication processes entailed in academic writing and the role of both content course faculty and writing instructors in academic writing instruction. However, content course faculty and writing instructors each assumed a different set of responsibilities. Implications of the findings for academic writing research and instruction are discussed.