About the Study

About the Study

What is this website?

This website is a companion to a book-length study of college student writers. Developing Writers in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study follows 169 undergraduates across four years to show how they become more effective writers.

If you are a student …

If you are a specialist in writing studies …

If you are a policy maker or administrator …

If you are a writing teacher …

If you are a person who writes …

this book is for you.

This video explains the genesis of the project and how it took shape. The authors also explain how they developed the central questions of their chapters.

In their videos, Anne Gere and Naomi Silver discuss the complex and surprising ways that students develop as writers, as well as the impact that a college education makes on writing. To view their videos: for students and other writers; for instructors; for policy makers and administrators.

What is this project?

Developing Writers in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study represents the outcome of a research project led by the Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan. The project investigates how college students develop as writers across their undergraduate years.

The publication of the project consists of three layers: an interactive “engagement layer” that connects the findings of the project to the everyday importance of writing; a “reading layer” that presents the text of the scholarly book (Developing Writers in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study, published by the University of Michigan Press, https://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mpub.10079890); and a “data layer” that provides interviews, surveys, and samples of student writing, including eportfolios, to display the many different ways these students become effective writers.

The preparation of this multi-layered publication was enabled by a generous grant from the “Book Unbound” project of the University of Michigan’s Humanities Collaboratory, a multi-disciplinary, multi-generational investigation into potential future forms of book-length publication that involved faculty members, students, and staff from classics, film studies, and writing studies, as well as partners from the School of Information, the Library, and the Press at University of Michigan.

Credits

This publication was generously funded from 2017-2019 by the University of Michigan’s Humanities Collaboratory. The “engagement layer” was created by a collaborative team listed below. The online project is hosted primarily on Fulcrum, a multimedia-rich publishing platform created at University of Michigan Library with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Developing Writers Project Team:

Jathan Day, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Meg Garver, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Anne Gere, Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

Michael Hoffman, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Ruth Li, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Naitnaphit Limlamai, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing, Project Manager

Adrienne Raw, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Naomi Silver, Associate Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

Emily Wilson, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Site Authors:

Jathan Day, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Michael Hoffman, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Naitnaphit Limlamai, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Content Editors:

Jathan Day, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Meg Garver, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Anne Gere, Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

Michael Hoffman, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Ruth Li, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Naitnaphit Limlamai, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Adrienne Raw, Joint Program in English and Education, Sweetland Center for Writing

Naomi Silver, Associate Director, Sweetland Center for Writing

University of Michigan Press and Library Teams:

Charles Watkinson, Director, University of Michigan Press

Melissa Baker-Young, University of Michigan Press

Jake Carlson, Director of Repository and Research Data Services, University of Michigan Library

Susan Cronin, Editorial Associate, University of Michigan Press

Mary Francis, Editorial Director, University of Michigan Press

Jonathan McGlone, Front End Developer, University of Michigan Press

Jeremy Morse, Director of Publishing Technology, University of Michigan Press

Kevin Rennells, Production Editor, University of Michigan Press

Jeffery Witt, Diversity Specialist, University of Michigan Library

Design Team:

Kelly Hou, School of Information, University of Michigan

Kesava Karthik Kota, School of Information, University of Michigan

Kentaro Toyama, School of Information, University of Michigan

Video Editor:

Tim Wilson, Web Consultant

Illustrator and Animator:

Kinsey Harvey, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

Web Developers:

Ryan Lanciaux, Spaceship Studio

Scott Sanzenbacher, Spaceship Studio

Special Thanks To:

Vincent Longo, Department of Film, Television and Media, University of Michigan

Professor Matthew Solomon, Department of Film, Television and Media, University of Michigan

Professor David Stone, Department of Classical Studies and Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan

Professor Nicola Terrenato, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

Tyler Johnson, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan

Matthew Naglak, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan

Zoe Ortiz, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan

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