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Transformative Writing: Using Real-Life Experiences to Teach Writing Margot KinbergNational University

Clute Institute International Education ConferenceLas Vegas, NV 11-14 October 20151Transformative Writing: Using Real-Life Experiences to Teach Writing Why do students need to learn writing skills?What do students generally write about? Whats the problem with that?Why should students write from real-life experience?How can real-life writing be integrated into the curriculum? 2Why Do Students Need to Learn Writing Skills? Writing is an important communication skill.Effective writing is connected with professional success

3What Do Students Generally Write About? Whats the Problem With That?Decontextualized Writing TasksImpact on Meaning-Making

4Why Should Students Write From Real Life Experiences? Students choose to be more motivated when they are writing about personally meaningful topics (e.g. Powell, 2015).Students learn more from texts when they access prior content knowledge and prior metacognitive knowledge (Kostons & Werf, 2015). 5How Can Real-Life Writing Be Integrated Into the Curriculum?Program InformationHow real-life writing has been integrated ObservationsLesson Plans and ReflectionsCourse ReflectionsHas it been successful? 6Background InformationThree different courses: Course A (24 students); Course B: (21 students); Course C (20 students)Anonymous student evaluationsFocus on self-perception of writing skills

7Does Real-Life Writing Transform Writing Skills?8Can Real-Life Writing Be Integrated Into Other Content Areas? Reflections and Journal EntriesInterviewsField Notes Internship and Other Employment Experiences

9Lets Stay in Contact! Margot KinbergNational University

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