Grading in the Post-Process Classroom: From Theory to Practice (Crosscurrents : New Perspectives in Rhetoric and Composition)

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Grading in the Post-Process Classroom tackles that all important and difficult issue: How do we fulfill our responsibilities to the traditional academy and still teach our students to become resistant critical thinkers? While the question is not new, new faces and voices in the field as well as the advent of virtual writing classrooms require different responses. Currently, most articles on the subject of grading end with the suggestion that teachers should not give grades--an alternative that few instructors find viable, especially in an era of increasing calls for teacher accountability.

Grading in the Post-Process Classroom answers the question of what to do when theory and practice collide. In addition to discussions of the ideology of grading, it offers specific alternative, theoretically informed grading schemes--from narrative evaluation, contract grading, and new ways to configure portfolio grading to how to grade in cyberspace. Included are pieces by both established scholars and new voices in the field. Interspersed among the theory chapters are shorter, personal, self-reflexive essays that consider how to negotiate political pressures within a department.

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LIBBY ALLISON is an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media and technology studies. She helped develop that campuss First-Year Interdisciplinary Composition program and the Masters program in English.LIZBETH BRYANT is an assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University, Mansfield. The former assistant director of the writing program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Bryant reluctantly gives grades in basic and first-year writing, advanced composition, and composition theory.MAUREEN HOURIGAN is an assistant professor of English at Kent State Universitys Trumbull campus, where she teaches basic and first-year writing, honors English, and womens studies courses. She is the former director of freshman composition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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