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ERIC Number: ED410581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Just Talking: A Conversational Model for Assessment.
Gordon, Douglas; Mulligan, Roark
Christopher Newport College, begun as a colony of the College of William and Mary, was born in the 1960s out of the fervor to open the doors of higher education to more people. It enrolls between 500-600 students in freshman writing courses each semester. Changes to the freshman composition program were undertaken, beginning in 1994, with a shift in emphasis from a vaguely modes approach to writing across the curriculum, and a handpicked "compcrew" of six faculty members dedicated to change and a more pragmatic approach to assessment procedures. The new curriculum sequence, put in place in spring of 1996, began with the assumptions that all writing instructors must support a set of common goals, and students and instructors will be involved in the assessment process, which will involve a variety of assessment strategies with the primary purpose of improving classroom instruction. The six-step assessment program included: (1) diagnostic writing samples; (2) midterm assessments; (3) a common final; (4) readers' responses to the instructors; (5) instructors' responses to the common final and the course; and (6) a report containing the synthesized data from the first 5 steps is disseminated to external audiences and to the faculty. This assessment model designed by writing instructors creates a continuous dialogue that improves teaching and the program. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A