Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing

Prepared by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project, February 2011, the “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing describes the rhetorical and 21st century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success. Based in current research in writing and writing pedagogy, the Framework was written and reviewed by two- and four-year college and high school writing faculty nationwide and is endorsed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project.”

The Framework first describes the eight Habits of Mind “essential for success in college writing”:  curiosity, openness, engagement, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition.  The Framework explains that these habits are “ways of approaching learning that are both intellectual and practical and that will support students’ success in a variety of fields and disciplines” and goes on to suggest “how teachers can foster these habits of mind through writing, reading, and critical analysis.”  This document supports what we do and why we do it, and is a good reminder of our overall goals as teachers of postsecondary writing.

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