By Bob Broad
The result of a long-term study of one university's introductory composition program, Broad's approach to mapping the values that inform writing evaluation is empirically grounded, painstakingly analyzed, yet flexible, human, and pedagogically wise. Not simple, but surely practical, his method yields a more satisfactory process of exploration and a more useful representation of the values by which compositionists actually evaluate their students. With this important study, Broad moves the field far beyond rubrics in teaching and assessing writing. What We Really Value traces the origins of traditional rubrics within the theoretical and historical circumstances out of which they emerged, then holds rubrics up for critical scrutiny in the context of contemporary developments in the field. As an alternative to the generic character and decontextualized function of scoring guides, he offers dynamic criteria mapping, a form of qualitative inquiry by which writing programs (as well as individual instructors) can portray their rhetorical values with more ethical integrity and more pedagogical utility than rubrics allow.
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Chapter 1. To Tell the Truth: Beyond Rubrics
Chapter 2. Studying Rubric-Free Assessment at City University: Research Context and Methods
Chapter 3. Textual Criteria: What They Really Valued, Part 1
Chapter 4. Contextual Criteria: What They Really Valued, Part 2
Chapter 5. A Model for Dynamic Criteria Mapping of Communal Writing Assessment
Appendix A. Assignments for English 1 Essays
Appendix B. Selected Sample Texts from City University
Appendix C. Tabulation of Votes on Sample Texts
Appendix D. Sample Interview Questions
Appendix E. Explanation of References to City University Transcripts
Publication Information: Broad, Bob. (2003). What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing. Utah State University Press. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/140
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