LTU Professors Vivian Kao and Julia Kiernan from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication department published a book, Writing Steam.
This edited collection positions writing at the center of interdisciplinary higher education, and explores how writing instruction, writing scholarship, and writing program administration bring STEM and the humanities together in meaningful, creative, and beneficial ways.
Writing professionals are at the forefront of a cross-pollination between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the arts and humanities. In their work as educators, scholars, and administrators, they collaborate with colleagues in engineering, scientific, technical, and health disciplines, offer new degree programs that allow students to bring the humanities to bear on design experiments, and build an academic culture that promotes a vision of the humanities in the twenty-first century, as well as a vision of technology that is decidedly human. This collection surveys and promotes that work through chapters focused on writing instruction, writing scholarship, and writing program administration, covering topics that include data-driven writing courses, public science communication, non-traditional college students, creative writing, gamification, skills transfer, and Writing Across the Curriculum programs.ã€€
Writing STEAM will be essential reading for scholars, instructors, and administrators in writing studies, rhetoric and composition, STEM, and a variety of interdisciplinary programs; it will aid in teacher training for both humanities and STEM courses focused on writing and communication.
Table of Contents
Vivian Kao and Julia E. Kiernan
Section I. Teaching
Chapter 1. Gaining STEAM: The Integral Role of Composition in an Increasingly STEM World
Chapter 2. Building Socioscientific Trust is a Post-Secondary Obligation: Preparing STEM Students to Communicate and Engage with Public Audiences
Julia E. Kiernan
Chapter 3. STEAM Storytime: Fusing Artistic Expression with Scientific Discourse through Picture Books
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