Moving Forward in Writing Program Assessment Design: Why Postmodern Qualitative Assessment Makes Sense

Krystia Nora


An examination of postmodern grounded theory and narrative research methodology philosophies should make us rethink foundational issues in writing assessment design. Postmodern approaches emphasize interpretation and meaning-making, arguing that truths are made rather than found. In fact, many postmodern researchers emphasize the impossibility of objective, reliable results, especially in human research. In a communicative field such as teaching writing, this makes particular sense—the myriad of factors involved in a student writer's progress and in a teacher's ability to facilitate writing development cannot be isolated from each other.


writing; assessment; composition and rhetoric; qualitative

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