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ERIC Number: EJ842002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
Targeted Assessment Rubric: An Empirically Grounded Rubric for Interdisciplinary Writing
Boix Mansilla, Veronica; Duraisingh, Elizabeth Dawes; Wolfe, Christopher R.; Haynes, Carolyn
Journal of Higher Education, v80 n3 p334-353 May-Jun 2009
In this paper, the authors introduce the "Targeted Assessment Rubric for Interdisciplinary Writing," an empirically-tested instrument designed to assess interdisciplinary writing at the collegiate level. Interdisciplinary writing presents unique challenges to students, calling upon them to mediate the rhetorical, theoretical, and methodological differences inherent in multiple disciplinary discourses. The rubric proposes four distinct dimensions to be examined: a paper's "purposefulness," "disciplinary grounding," "integration," and "critical awareness." For each criterion, four qualitatively distinct levels of student achievement are described: "naive," "novice," "apprentice," and "master." The rubric builds on a clear definition of interdisciplinary work, a related assessment framework, and recent scholarship on interdisciplinary writing. Here, the authors review the assessment literature and the rubric's conceptual foundations. They introduce the rubric through an example of student work and describe the methods by which they developed and tested it. They conclude with concrete recommendations for practice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio