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Reconstructing Response to Student Writing

A National Study from across the Curriculum

by Dan Melzer

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 “A much-needed panoramic picture of US college writing assessment, a picture that can guide
students, teachers, and administrators toward more meaningful and purposeful forms of response.”

—J. Michael Rifenburg, University of North Georgia


In Reconstructing Response to Student Writing Dan Melzer makes the argument that writing instructors should shift the construct so that peer response and student self-assessment are more central than teacher response.
Presenting the results of a national study of teacher and peer response and student self-assessment at institutions of higher education across the United States, Melzer analyzes teacher and peer response to over 1,000 pieces of student writing as well as 128 student portfolio reflection essays. He draws on his analysis and on a comprehensive review of the literature on response to introduce a constructivist heuristic for response aimed at both composition instructors and instructors across disciplines. Melzer argues that teachers and researchers should focus less on teacher response to individual pieces of student writing and more on engaging in dialogue with student self-assessment and peer response, focusing on growth and transfer rather than products and grades.
Reconstructing Response to Student Writing, especially when taken together with Melzer’s previous book Assignments across the Curriculum, provides a comprehensive and large-scale view of college writing and responding across the curriculum in the United States.

Dan Melzer is professor and director of First-Year Composition in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Assignments across the Curriculum and coauthor of Engaging Ideas and Sustainable WAC, winner of the 2021 Association for Writing Across the Curriculum/WAC Clearinghouse Best Authored Book Award. He received the 2021 Association for Writing Across the Curriculum Distinguished Fellow Award.

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  • Hardcover Price: $95.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-64642-448-1
  • Paperback Price: $24.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-367-5
  • Ebook Price: $20.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $10.50
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-368-2
  • Publication Month: July
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Pages: 212
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Dan Melzer
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-367-5

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