What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing

What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing

What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing

What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing

Synopsis

What We Really Value traces the origins of traditional rubricswithin the theoretical and historical circumstances out of which theyemerged, then holds rubrics up for critical scrutiny in the context ofcontemporary developments in the field. As an alternative to the genericcharacter and decontextualized function of scoring guides, he offersdynamic criteria mapping, a form of qualitative inquiry by which writingprograms (as well as individual instructors) can portray theirrhetorical values with more ethical integrity and more pedagogicalutility than rubrics allow.To illustrate the complex and indispensable insights this method canprovide, Broad details findings from his study of eighty-nine distinctand substantial criteria for evaluation at work in the introductorycomposition program at "City University." These chapters are filled withthe voices of composition instructors debating and reflecting on thenature, interplay, and relative importance of the many criteria by whichthey judged students' texts. Broad concludes his book with specificstrategies that can help writing instructors and programs to discover,negotiate, map, and express a more robust truth about what they value intheir students' rhetorical performances.
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