CFP: Writing Assessment, Evaluation (4/1/04; journal issue)

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Call for Papers

Issues in Writing

Special Issue: Writing assessment/evaluation

As educators reconsider traditional approaches to teaching writing, they
must naturally reconsider assessing student writing. Whether the
assessment is objective, discursive, cumulative, or some combination of
the three, educators must still confront the issues of the reliability
of the instrument, the practicality of administering it, and how to
interpret the results. The important questions include the following:
How does one define good writing? How do we measure writing
improvement? If writing is a process, why do we assess product, or
should we?

Possible topics for manuscripts:
--rationale for student assessment
--methods of evaluating written work-in classroom, in the workplace, in
publishing, etc.
--peer assessment methods
--evaluating electronic writing
--evaluating writing programs
--placement testing-writing samples, multiple choice, portfolios
--portfolio assessment
--standardized testing: placement vs. assessment
--evaluating business documents-resumes, cover letters, reports,
recommendation letters
--online communication and the notion of "discourse communities"

Issues in Writing is an annual, refereed journal devoted to the study of
writing in the Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Government,
Education, Business and Industry, and the professions.

We welcome articles on all aspects of the teaching and production of
public writing, and we consider a broad variety of approaches,
methodologies, and styles. We accept, for example, research articles
that describe, narrate, or report the results of primary or secondary
research in the classroom and workplace; practical articles that provide
insights into writing as it occurs in the various professional contexts
or that describe innovative approaches to the teaching of writing; and
articles from theoretical and/or historical perspectives that address
problems and issues related to all aspects of academic, professional,
and technical writing. We are especially glad to receive articles that
link academia and the world of work and that encourage stimulating
dialogue across traditional rhetorical and disciplinary boundaries,
forms, and roles.

Manuscripts should be 30 pages or less, double-spaced (including
appendices or illustrations). Do not include your name and/or
affiliation anywhere on the MS itself. Authors should use standard
English and avoid jargon or provide definitions when using specialized
terms. Provide two clear copies.

Send manuscripts and correspondence to:
The Editors
Issues in Writing
Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Or (preferably) submit manuscript by email to <> in Rich
Text format or attach as MS Word document.

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