'Don't mention the war' Ensuring graduates can write literate English without distorting assessment outcomes

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Student literacy has come to the fore in the academic arena because of changes to the demographics and goals of universities, the advent of quality assurance and a growing focus on graduate employment. Literacy is problematic as a 'zero-order' capability, only noticed by its absence. In assessing the academic endeavour, we want students to lose marks for not having it, rather than to gain marks for having it. This paper will explore the role of summative assessment in encouraging students to take the acquisition and demonstration of literacy skills seriously and in ensuring that students do not attain graduate status without them. It will then unpack the problems that follow from overtly assessing literacy in ways that affect final grades.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality conversations
Subtitle of host publication25th Annual International conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, HERDSA 2002
EditorsMaria Northcote
Place of PublicationJamison Centre, ACT
PublisherHERDSA
Pages568-574
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0908557515
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. International Conference - Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia
Duration: 07 Jul 200210 Jul 2002

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ConferenceHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. International Conference
CountryAustralia
Period07/07/0210/07/02

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Ritter, A. (2002). 'Don't mention the war' Ensuring graduates can write literate English without distorting assessment outcomes. In M. Northcote (Ed.), Quality conversations: 25th Annual International conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, HERDSA 2002 (pp. 568-574). Jamison Centre, ACT: HERDSA.
Ritter, Ann. / 'Don't mention the war' Ensuring graduates can write literate English without distorting assessment outcomes. Quality conversations: 25th Annual International conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, HERDSA 2002. editor / Maria Northcote. Jamison Centre, ACT : HERDSA, 2002. pp. 568-574
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'Don't mention the war' Ensuring graduates can write literate English without distorting assessment outcomes. / Ritter, Ann.

Quality conversations: 25th Annual International conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, HERDSA 2002. ed. / Maria Northcote. Jamison Centre, ACT : HERDSA, 2002. p. 568-574.

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