One of the key characteristics sought by organizations in the 21st century is the capacity for critical thinking yet it is reported that these skills are deficient in today's workforce (Elite seminar - Dr. Stephen Rodriguez: 21st Century Skills: Challenges and Opportunities). Miller suggests composition studies, because of the emphasis on engagement and curiosity, sets the necessary tone for the type of intellectual exploration needed to develop critical thinking skills. Given this connection, how much of an impact are the practices of composition studies likely to have on other disciplinary practices?

I think this relates to my question of trying to find any type of foundation in composition. Maybe I am already utilizing composition studies when I do any form of critical thinking, as Miller would suggest, but how is that possible if I have only studied the literary aspect and not the composition? Maybe all the disciplinary practices work together in an overlapping way, to where one transfers to the other. To be more specific, critical thinking does not only come from composition studies, but sciences. So the answer may be that they transfer over to one another but take on a different form. Therefore, the new question I pose is not how do composition studies have an impact on other disciplinary practices, but how do these skills change from one study to another? -Michelle

I think there is a big relation or transmission between different disciplinary practices. Especially between the different fields of English studies. As far as I am concerned, while each disciplinary practice have their own ways, approaches, on the other hand they effect each other to. For example, an innovation in a specific area can be transferred to another area by adapting to it. I am trying to say that when it comes to literary, language, and composition studies, we can not ignore the connection between these fields. They look like that they are so different from each other, but, at the same time they have a common ground. That is why, the reason of composition studies have an impact on other disciplinary studies is that they develop by transferring to one another their different skills.- Eda


Chelsea -- Your question: "Given this connection, how much of an impact are the practices of composition studies likely to have on other disciplinary practices?"

I think the composition studies already has a huge impact on other disciplinary practices, probably unbeknownst to those other disciplines. At the writing center, I've worked with many freshmen composition students, and they are really put through the ringer in terms of research, critical thinking, scholarly research and so on. They level at which they are expected to perform their research amazes me because I didn't have to do the kind of research they do until I was a senior in college. I think the fields that expect the highest amount of critical thinking, engagement, curiosity, and heavy intellectual work early on are the sciences (especially the science triads in the FY program), English, and history. For instance, I had some freshmen come in that not only had to have 10 sources, but at minimum of 5 sources had to be scholarly articles from accredited and reputable science journals. They were also required to make annotated reference sheets, and through that process of annotation, evaluate the viability of the source for their research...so on and so on. It just amazes me how crucial Comp studies really is.