Considerations for Effective Learning from G. E. Newell’s "Writing to Learn"

By Kevin H. Woolley.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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This article examines writing as a way of learning; the learning implications of writing methods in relation to meaningful student outcomes as outlined in Chapter 16, “Writing to Learn,” written by George E. Newell and printed in the Handbook of Writing Research (Newell 2008). Newell’s work challenges our perceptions of what good teaching looks like, especially in the context of teaching outside the traditional boundaries in strict linear fashion. This author proposes that non-traditional, alternate types of instruction have value in teaching dense, content-driven subjects like the history of design. Writing not only develops literacy but also improves critical thinking skills. Writing is the framework which assists learners in connecting new knowledge across academic domains rather than isolating them into memorized bits. When students are exposed to more forms of writing in different ways, then the result is a deeper understanding and better retention of knowledge.

Keywords: Writing, Literacy, Art Education, Constructivism, Cross-Discipline Collaboration

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 11, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.31-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 361.661KB)).

Dr. Kevin H. Woolley

Assistant Professor, Interior Design Department, School of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar

Kevin Woolley is an assistant professor of interior design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Kevin received his MS in instructional technology from Utah State University and BFA from Brigham Young University. Kevin’s research area focuses on the intersections of knowledge, design and society. He is currently working on a PhD in curriculum and instruction from NMSU.