Democracy, Struggle and the Praxis of Assessment

Anthony Scott, Lil Brannon

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This article draws on qualitative research conducted as a part of a writing program assessment to examine the relationship between assessment, valuation, and the economics of first-year writing. It argues that the terms of labor in first-year writing complicate practices of valuation and the processes of consensus building that have become common in assessment models. It explains that if assessment is to be situated at a site and represent the work that happens there faithfully, it needs to account for how power, the economics of staffing, and differing ways of thinking about writing education necessitate struggle and the acknowledgment and representation of dissonance.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-298
JournalCollege Composition and Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


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