Writing to think: a pilot program teaching writing to United States Army War College Fellows




Mason, Christen Elizabeth

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Each year, the University of Texas hosts several Fellows from the United States Army War College Fellowship. The Fellows are senior Army officers selected for a year of education in a non-military setting. In response to weaknesses in Fellow writing and in an effort to better understand policy implementation, the author developed and executed a writing course as pilot program to explore a strategy for improving Fellow writing. At the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, the University of Texas Fellows completed the writing module, a short course with ten class sessions specifically designed to address the Fellows’ research and writing needs. This report shares the process by which the pilot program developed, the program’s methodology, and its results. After reporting the results, the report explores two alternatives for action and key lessons learned for future policy implementation efforts.


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