Introductory Composition at Purdue Program

Heavilon HallThe Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP) program is centered around three goals:

Writing Instruction for Students

  • Offer a theoretically informed and coherent introductory writing curriculum across multiple sections of program courses.
  • Assure an appropriate degree of consistency in course work requirements across multiple sections of program courses.

Professional Development for Instructors

  • Provide theoretically and experientially informed guidance to program instructors.
  • Model theoretically sound and experientially proven pedagogical approaches.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in collective development of program-wide curricular goals, means, and outcomes for first-year composition courses.
  • Provide opportunities to collaboratively develop new pedagogical approaches and materials within the constraints of collectively developed program-wide curricular goals, means, and outcomes.
  • Recognize and acknowledge good teaching.

Development of Composition Research and Theory

  • Support classroom-based teacher research theorizing and encourage dissemination of outcomes to local and national audiences
  • Conduct program-based curriculum inquiry and report outcomes to local and national audiences.