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Composition in Convergence
The Impact of New Media on Writing Assessment

ISBN 9780805845914
Published February 24, 2005 by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

Composition in Convergence: The Impact of New Media on Writing Assessment considers how technological forms--such as computers and online courses--transform the assessment of writing, in addition to text classroom activity. Much has been written on how technology has affected writing, but assessment has had little attention. In this book, author Diane Penrod examines how, on the one hand, computer technology and interactive material create a disruption of conventional literacy practices (reading, writing, interpreting, and critique), while, on the other hand, the influence of computers allows teachers to propose and develop new models for thinking and writing to engage students in real-world settings.

This text is intended for scholars and educators in writing and composition, educational assessment, writing and technology, computers and composition, and electronic literacy. In addition, it is appropriate for graduate students planning to teach and assess electronic writing or teach in online environments.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Moving Toward Internetworked Writing and Assessment. Transforming Texts, Transforming Assessment. Who Owns the Words in Electronic Texts? Rethinking Validity and Reliability in an Age of Convergence. Hot and Cool Technologies in the Age of Convergence: Assessing the Writing in Room 25. Access Before Assessment? Remediating Writing Assessment.

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"Anyone struggling with assessment and technology will find this book helpful. Highly recommended."


"In 'Composition in Convergence', Penrod argues persuasively that writing in new media requires us to rethink the 'processes, characteristics, and purposes valued' in such texts. Penrod rightly calls for 'deep assessment' of writing in academic classrooms, assessment that goes beneath surface correctness."
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