Writing Assessment Perspective: Too Simplistic or too Sophisticated?

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

University of Tehran

10.22132/tel.2008.128583

Abstract

Writing ability is perhaps one of the most challenging constructs to be defined. For writing assessment to be valid indicator of the ability in question, there is a need for a theoretical basis. The uncertainty about the theory underlying the writing construct has led to the development of rating scales, each of which focuses on a number of writing traits. This study is an attempt to provide a taxonomy of writing traits. The question this taxonomy brings into mind is: how can we limit the nature of such an all-encompassing construct? If purpose and practicality are among the justifying reasons for reducing the construct into a few features, then construct validity of writing assessment will remain under question.

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Volume 3, Issue 2 - Serial Number 2
November 2009
Pages 27-63
  • Receive Date: 01 February 2008
  • Revise Date: 29 April 2008
  • Accept Date: 29 July 2008
  • First Publish Date: 01 November 2009