Beneath the numbers and beyond the rubric: Getting to the heart of student writing development in a first-year seminar

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Conference Presentation

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IUPUI Assessment Institute


Indianapolis, IN

Conference Dates

October 19-21, 2014

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In the fall of 2013, the University of the Pacific piloted a supplemental instruction model for first-year developmental-level student writers. We assessed students’ self-efficacy for writing as well as changes in writing performance. Direct assessment of writing performance indicated modest gains. However, other methods added information and generated questions about what was happening with student self-efficacy, learning, and writing skill development during the semester. In this interactive workshop, we will describe and critique the assessment methods we used and our findings, delve into meanings and alternative models for assessment of writing development, and discuss implications for practice.

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