JWA Conversations. Episode 1. Emotion is information

JWA Conversations. Episode 1. Emotion is information

In this episode of JWA CONVERSATIONS, Dr. Michelle Neely discusses her recent JWA article Helping Faculty Self-Regulate Emotional Responses in Writing Assessment: Use of an “Overall Response” Rubric Category.” In many writing assessments, raters score writing either by offering holistic “overall” scores, or by scoring carefully-defined traits. Both techniques have limitations: while holistic scores may produce opaque, inactionable data, raters may feel trait scoring overly-constrains their responses to texts and imposes an “external” set of values. In our conversation, Dr. Neely describes a writing assessment which used both overall and trait scores, and suggests the technique may help raters navigate emotionally-fraught scenes of writing assessment and better self-regulate their responses to texts in scoring settings. Combining holistic and trait scores may provide raters with an opportunity for emotional self-regulation, which ultimately reducing psychometric error in rater scores.

Dr. Neely also describes how prior experiences with writing assessments in WAC settings lead to a focus on rater emotions, and how teachers can use their emotional responses to student texts as information for providing feedback.

A transcript of the conversation is available at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BJs-1TY7qpyvpmflOxE_dVopHLfqLT0Z/view?usp=sharing