Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Voice in Student Writing

Question: How do teachers define “voice” in student writing?

Answer: “…teachers often expressed a meta-cognitive awareness of the challenges they encountered when striving to make their standards for voice vis-à-vis a specific sample of student writing.”

Comment: “Voice” in student writing is a murky term, not clearly defined. It’s meant to express an individual’s individuality in written expression, rather than an assumed voice like a skeptic. It really has no place at the present time in high-stakes evaluation of student writing. RayS.

Title: “Subjectivity, Intentionality and Manufactured Moves: Teachers’ Perceptions of Voice in the Evaluation of Secondary Students’ Writing.” JV Jeffery. Research in the Teaching of English (August 2011), 92-127.

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