ERIC Number: ED332174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-16
Reference Count: N/A
Portfolio Assessment Group Responses and Academic Dialogue: Empowering Change in Writing Programs. Panel Papers.
Melbourne, Jane; And Others
This panel discussion document about portfolio evaluation of student writing consists of three presentations from faculty members of Lynchburg College in Virginia, who describe the introduction of a portfolio-assessment system in their writing program. In this system students choose the three papers they want to rewrite for inclusion in their portfolios, and final evaluation of each paper is done by at least two teachers. The first presentation, "The Open Academy: Freshmen and Faculty, in the Community of Professional Discourse," by Jane Melbourne, addresses how the system was set up, how the students responded to it, and how the system has affected the ways instructors teach and the ways students write. The second presntation, entitled "The Travelling Road Show and the Silent Classroom: Experimentation with the Portfolio-Assessment System," by Elsie Ervin Block, describes two experimental techniques used within that system: a demonstration response group comprised of four teachers critiquing one of their own papers in front of a class, and group writing classes conducted with no talking by anyone, with written communication only. The final presentation, by James Hunter, is entitled "Portfolio Assessment and Program Development: Toward a Coherent Theory of Advanced Writing"; this paper discusses the use of portfolio evaluation in advanced composition courses and in writing across the curriculum. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Lynchburg College VA; Writing Groups
Note: Panel discussion presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (40th, Seattle, WA, March 16-18, 1989).