ERIC Number: ED429298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Student-Created Contracts: Building Responsibility from the Bottom-Up.
Pounds, Buzz R.
While scholars--Elbow (1997), Dolphin (1997)--have suggested contract grading, most contracts are initially created from the top down to promote the accountability required by administrators. Additionally, Radican (1997) describes issues of accountability in portfolio assessment. This paper describes the use of contracts along three major assumptions/outcomes: (1) contracts promote individual responsibilities within the framework of differing abilities; (2) contracts promote decentering the teacher as authority; and (3) contracts foster valuable self assessment, allowing for writing which seeks to please the primary audience--the writer. The paper focuses on the issue of the instructor's negotiation of first-year composition as a possible site of teaching and learning, yet also as a site of assessment (with the question of who judges the work or outcomes of a TA/adjunct's first-year composition classroom). It details the writing processes and assessment processes the students developed and implemented. Contains 8 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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