Informal Writing Survey
1. What do you, as a history faculty
member, see as the biggest and most frequently observed problem with student
2. Are there any specific
resources, print or online, to which you often refer students
experiencing difficulty with their writing or those who have questions
3. Do you think that an
introductory class for history majors, like English 199 for that
major, would be helpful in solving writing problems? Why or why
4. Have you noticed significant
changes in the field of historical writing during your career?
If so, what were they?
5. What do you regard as
the central tenets of historical writing?
6. Do you think that student
writing in this field has increased or declined in quality during
your career? Why?
7. In the future, do you
anticipate the incorporation of more technology, through newsgroups,
graphics, and the like, into the teaching of historical writing?
In what way? Do you feel such a change would be beneficial?
8. Do you think that teaching
in a multimedia classroom, such as Ryland 215, would affect how
you discuss the role of writing? If so, how so?
9. Finally, if you have
any other comments that you'd like to make, please do so here.
Note: The above survey
questions were distributed to all UR history faculty in November,
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