Authentic Assessment: Ensuring Transfer, Critical Thinking and Writing Development With Student and Faculty Populations
This panel focuses on how critical thinking through writing is developed over time, from students' first year in college to graduation. Through purposeful curricular design and authentic evaluation, the presenters explain how threshold concepts in first year writing develop and provide the evidence for critical thinking. They then demonstrate how these concepts can be further developed through intentional horizontal and vertical writing curricula that promote the spiral development and transfer of students’ critical thinking abilities. They conclude with evidence that shows how the use of local, authentic writing assessment provides faculty with needed professional development in teaching critical thinking through writing and affords graduating seniors a final and critical learning opportunity.
Location: Room 1104
Joan Mullin, is Professor and Executive Director, University Writing Program, University of North Carolina Charlotte and has initiated writing programs, chaired a Department of English and served on international boards in the field. She researches program administration, disciplinary plagiarism, translingual writing programs, is currently co-editor of the book series International Exchanges on the Study of Writing and co-designer and editor of The Research Exchange, an international database and journal of writing research.
Tracy Ann Morse is Director of Writing Foundations and associate professor of English at East Carolina University. Her work has been published in Rhetoric Review, DSQ, and the Journal of Teaching Writing. Her book, Signs and Wonders: Religious Rhetoric and the Preservation of Sign Language, was published by Gallaudet University Press. She co-edited Critical Conversations About Plagiarism and Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments.
Wendy Sharer is Professor of English at East Carolina University where she also directs the Quality Enhancement Plan. Prior to assuming leadership of the QEP, she served as Director of Composition (Writing Foundations) and held the office of President for the Carolinas’ Council of Writing Program Administrators. Her most recent publication is a co-edited collection entitled Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments.
Bret Zawilski is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition at Appalachian State University. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. His research looks at new media composition, multimodality, and the role of material awareness in the transfer of writing knowledge and practice across media.
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