Holistic assessment of writing in design

Debra Larson, Sibylle Gruber, David R Scott, Melvin Neville

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Abstract

This paper describes our two-semester effort to integrate writing instruction into a multi-disciplinary sophomore engineering design course and our programmatic assessment approach. We employed a strategy that consisted of administering a pre and post-instruction in-class un-graded writing activity that was blindly scored using holistic techniques by a group of diverse evaluators. The results of this assessment experiment showed no growth in student writing as measured over a semester length of time; indicated that students' attitude about the assessment process can influence results; and pointed out problems with the development of good prompts. In addition, the calibration process used to train evaluators was most beneficial; yielding a consensus standard of performance that was applied to not only the pre- and post-tests evaluation, but also within the classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
PublisherIEEE
Pages231-235
Number of pages5
Volume1
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Part 3 (of 3) - Tempe, AZ, USA
Duration: Nov 4 1998Nov 7 1998

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OtherProceedings of the 1998 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Part 3 (of 3)
CityTempe, AZ, USA
Period11/4/9811/7/98

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Larson, D., Gruber, S., Scott, D. R., & Neville, M. (1998). Holistic assessment of writing in design. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 231-235). IEEE.

Holistic assessment of writing in design. / Larson, Debra; Gruber, Sibylle; Scott, David R; Neville, Melvin.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. Vol. 1 IEEE, 1998. p. 231-235.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Larson, D, Gruber, S, Scott, DR & Neville, M 1998, Holistic assessment of writing in design. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. vol. 1, IEEE, pp. 231-235, Proceedings of the 1998 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Part 3 (of 3), Tempe, AZ, USA, 11/4/98.
Larson D, Gruber S, Scott DR, Neville M. Holistic assessment of writing in design. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. Vol. 1. IEEE. 1998. p. 231-235
Larson, Debra ; Gruber, Sibylle ; Scott, David R ; Neville, Melvin. / Holistic assessment of writing in design. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference. Vol. 1 IEEE, 1998. pp. 231-235
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