Designing Writing Tasks for the Assessment of Writing

Designing Writing Tasks for the Assessment of Writing

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This volume reports the results of a series of investigations of the properties of writing tasks, their authors' intentions, and the responses that these tasks evoked in student-writers and teacher-raters. The volume explains how both student-writers and teacher-raters, in their reading of the same topic/text, can arrive at different meanings. The investigations undertaken led the authors to make a number of recommendations about selecting subjects, specifying audience and mode, formulating instructions, and wording the topic. These recommendations are presented in non-technical language in a comprehensive set of Guidelines for Designing Topics for Writing Assessments.Adopted April 1, 1978 The Need to Study Writing Tasks Topics assigned in aquot; essay testsaquot; need to be aquot;designed with great careaquot; because they initiate and direct the act of writing that produces the sample for evaluation. But what is a aquot; goodaquot; topicanbsp;...

Title:Designing Writing Tasks for the Assessment of Writing
Author:Leo Ruth, Sandra Murphy
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 1988-01


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