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ERIC Number: ED178906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 27
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Reference Count: 0
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Assessing Language Development: The Crediton Project.
Wilkinson, Andrew; And Others
This paper offers a review of methods of judging the quality of English compositions and demonstrates the need for establishing criteria to judge composition work in a developmental context. Scales of development designed to meet that need are categorized as: stylistic measures that include structure/organization, syntax, verbal competence, reader awareness, cohesion, appropriateness, and effectiveness; affective measures that include an awareness of self, others, the environment, the addressee, and reality; cognitive measures that include the ability to describe, interpret, generalize, and speculate; and moral measures that include judging self/others by physical characteristics, punishments and rewards, status/power, conventional norms/rules, intention/motive, abstract universal concepts, and a personally developed value system. The results of giving the same four written tasks (an autobiographical narrative, an account of a process written from authority, a fictional story, and a discussion/persuasion paper) to 90 students aged 7, 10, and 13 and of applying the scales of development to samples of their writing are discussed. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (12th, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-11, 1979)