Illuminative evaluation of an intercultural-competence-focused first-year writing curriculum


  • Rebekah Sims University of Strathclyde Author
  • Hadi Banat University of Massachusetts – Boston Author
  • Phuong Tran University of Toronto – Mississauga Author
  • Parva Panahi Purdue University Author
  • Bradley Dilger Purdue University Author



First-Year Writing, Intercultural Competence, Illuminative Evaluation, Practitioner Reflection


This article explores illuminative evaluation as a method to reflectively assess a pilot implementation of an intercultural-competence-focused first-year writing curriculum at a US large public university. The goal of this curriculum is to promote integration of diverse student populations on our university campus, while developing all students’ intercultural competence and writing skills. In this article, we present practitioner reflections on classroom experiences and collaborative design of our approach to data analysis. These reflections show how an illuminative, context-rich approach to an early phase of a writing pedagogy research project shapes a holistic
curricular evaluation. Illuminative evaluation drew our attention to the interaction between teaching and curriculum evaluation as well as to how this approach promotes an invitational and exploratory approach to teacher research.


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How to Cite

Sims, R., Banat, H., Tran, P., Panahi, P., & Dilger, B. (2022). Illuminative evaluation of an intercultural-competence-focused first-year writing curriculum. Writing and Pedagogy, 14(1), 103–127.