David smits book the end of composition studies adds to the debate by arguing for the abolition of general composition courses he firmly situates himself within the writing across the curriculum wac camp expanding on theoretical questions and uncertainties often provided as support for the end of general writing skills instruction and the dissolution of composition studies. Setting forth an innovative new model for what it means to be a writing teacher in the era of writing across the curriculum the end of composition studies urges a reconceptualization of graduate work in rhetoric and composition systematically critiques the limitations of current pedagogical practices at the postsecondary level and proposes a reorganization of all academ. The end of composition studies also analyzes the limits of six major concepts in the field what writing is how writing is learned how we compose writing as a social practice writing as thinking and writing as the transfer of abilities from one context to another these concepts along with other paradigms and models that are used to understand how people write are already known and widely accepted making a complete reconceptualization of writing unlikely. The end of composition studies provides a compelling rhetoric and rationale for eliminating the field and reenvisioning the profession as truly interdisciplinary a change that is necessary in order to fulfill the needs and demands of students instructors administrators and our democratic society
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