Assessing Writing: A Critical Sourcebook / Edition 1

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Assessing Writing assembles the essential research for any writing instructor — from graduate student to program director — who wants to understand and implement effective large-scale writing assessment. Topics include the history of the field; the concepts of validity and reliability; assessment methods, such as portfolios, essay exams, and directed self-placement; and models of successful assessment programs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312475963
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 4/4/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,452,598
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Writing Assessment Theory and Practice
1. Direct and Indirect Measures for Large-Scale Evaluation of Writing
L. Ramon Veal and Sally Ann Hudson
2. Holisticism
Edward M. White
3. Reliability Issues in Holistic Assessment
Roger D. Cherry and Paul R. Meyer
4. The Worship of Efficiency: Untangling Theoretical and Practical Considerations in Writing Assessment
Michael Williamson
5. Can There Be Validity Without Reliability?
Pamela A. Moss
6. Portfolios as a Substitute for Proficiency Examinations
Peter Elbow and Pat Belanoff
7. Changing the Model for the Direct Assessment of Writing
Roberta Camp
8. Looking Back as We Look Forward: Historicizing Writing Assessment
Kathleen Blake Yancey
9. Testing the Test of the Test: A Response to “Multiple Inquiry in the Validation of Writing Tests”
Pamela A. Moss
10. Toward a New Theory of Writing Assessment
Brian Huot
Part Two: MODELS
11. The Importance of Teacher Knowledge in College Composition Placement Testing
William L. Smith
12. Adventuring into Writing Assessment
Richard Haswell and Susan Wyche-Smith
13. Portfolio Negotiations: Acts in Speech
Russel K. Durst, Marjorie Roemer, and Lucille M. Schultz
14. Directed Self-Placement: An Attitude of Orientation
Daniel J. Royer and Roger Gilles
15. WAC Assessment and Internal Audiences: A Dialogue
Richard Haswell and Susan McLeod
16. A Process for Establishing Outcomes-Based Assessment Plans for Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines
Michael Carter
Part Three: ISSUES
17. Influences on Evaluators of Expository Essays: Beyond the Text
Sarah Warshauer Freedman
18. “Portfolio Scoring”: A Contradiction in Terms
Robert L. Broad
19. Questioning Assumptions about Portfolio-Based Assessment
Liz Hamp-Lyons and William Condon
20. Rethinking Portfolios for Evaluating Writing: Issues of Assessment and Power
Brian Huot and Michael M. Williamson
21. The Challenges of Second-Language Writing Assessment
Liz Hamp-Lyons
22. Expanding the Dialogue on Culture as a Critical Component When Assessing Writing
Arnetha F. Ball
23. Gender Bias and Critique of Student Writing
Richard H. Haswell and Janis Tedesco Haswell
24. Validity of Automated Scoring: Prologue for a Continuing Discussion of Machine Scoring for Student Writing
Michael M. Williamson

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