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ERIC Number: EJ781226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The View from Somewhere
Wilson, Maja
Educational Leadership, v65 n4 p76-80 Dec 2007-Jan 2008
Wilson asserts that the quest for absolute objectivity in scoring student writing--including the use of rubrics--creates harmful distance between reader and writer and ignores the unique, transactional characteristics of writing. She puts forth the view of Rosenblatt and other literacy theorists that meaning and value of texts are not rigidly fixed by the writing on the page, but develop in relationship to the experiences each reader brings to the text. Thus, judging writing requires a collaborative and evolving process rather than a rigid formula, even a formula like a rubric created by teachers themselves. Wilson describes a situation in which the agreement demanded by rubrics led to teachers' censoring their individual perspectives on a piece of writing, resulting in tidy but bland scoring. She argues instead for "assessment as conversation" in judging writing, a model of assessment based on an illuminating exchange of the teacher's and student's perspectives and background knowledge about a piece of writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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