Evaluating Undergraduate History Writing Objectives, Expectations, and Perceptions



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My research question seeks to understand undergraduate writing in the discipline of History by examining syllabi, instructor and student questionnaires, and published Department of History objectives. Assignments in undergraduate history courses often include terms like “analyze,” “synthesize,” “primary sources,” “examine,” “evaluate,” or “identify,” requiring the student to use judgment. Instructors anticipate student comprehension; however, I have observed many students mystified by the objective aims of historical writing and how it differs from other disciplines. My research explores the connection between student and instructor expectations of writing in the discipline of History, identifies how students interpret key terms, and seeks to identify areas of misunderstanding about undergraduate writing objectives within the discipline of History at the University of Houston.



History, University of Houston Writing Center, Language arts