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crosspol: a journal of transitions - PAPERS DUE NOVEMBER 14, 2014
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crosspol: a journal of transistion (www.crosspol-journal.com)
In the context of high school-college transition, how is the relationship between standardized testing and writing
For our first themed issue, coming out early Spring 2015, we wanted to build on an important conversation that took place in March 2014 on the Council of Writing Program Administrators' listserv. The discussion on writing assessment prompted Rich Haswell to comment that testing has neglected the “uses and consequences of test scores (and I would add test preparation and test taking) as they affect the test takers." In other words, student ideas, experiences, and questions have been left out of conversations about writing assessment.
We are looking, in this special issue, for projects that investigate and reflect on the ways in which the standardized testing of writing affects students: the ways they compose, the reasons they compose, and the attitudes they develop about writing inside and outside of our classes. Other implications we’re interested in hearing about include the way teachers prepare for and enact instruction, test prep, learning objectives, and assessment. And then there are all the potential consequences that we have not imagined that we want to imagine, through this journal, with you.
Some interesting questions to address might be, but certainly aren't limited to, the following:
• How do students think, feel, and/or talk about testing?
We hope this call will generate many submissions and potentials for conversations. We are interested in publishing work by high school English or writing teachers; college writing teachers; and collaborations between the two. Additionally, we are interested in incorporating student voices in innovative and compelling ways. Anyone interested in writing a collaborative piece but unable to find a partner should email us at email@example.com, and we will try to facilitate a collaboration.
We will accept project submissions for this themed issue through November 14, 2014, and we will respond to submissions by December 19, 2014. If we request revisions, you’ll need to resubmit by February 1, 2015.
crosspol is a peer-reviewed online journal that welcomes both traditional and multimodal projects. You can find more details on the journal, including submission guidelines at www.crosspol-journal.com. Please direct any questions to Andrew and Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org.