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ERIC Number: EJ825761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Scoring Rubrics and the Material Conditions of Our Relations with Students
Martins, David
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v36 n2 p123-137 Dec 2008
This article explores the use of scoring rubrics in the context of deteriorating material conditions of writing instruction. The author hopes to offer a consideration of rubrics that enables a revision of rubric designs, in order to facilitate teacher response to student writing, and that offers suggestions for uses of rubrics that account for the material conditions of teachers' work and at the same time helps them deliver on the intellectual promise of their work. Integrating what teachers have come to know about writing assessment and the teaching of writing into the design and use of rubrics, the author argues, writing teachers can mitigate the devastating effects of the deteriorating material conditions of their teaching. The author's argument rests on the belief that the conditions of teachers' work compel the use of rubrics, and, in turn, the use of rubrics impacts their relationships with students. The author's attempts to understand these effects have lead him to the work of sociologist Bruno Latour. His contribution toward understanding how technologies embody values and change human behavior has directly shaped the author's thinking about rubrics. By viewing rubrics as a technology, the author has come to believe that, by changing their design and use, rubrics that offer productive opportunities for enriching student-teacher relationships and improving writing instruction can be developed. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California