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ERIC Number: EJ974787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
Style over Substance
O'Connor, John S.
Schools: Studies in Education, v9 n1 p47-62 Spr 2012
Scoring SAT-style exam essays, John S. O'Connor is struck by the disconnection between the subject matter and students' personal lives. Further, O'Connor notes that such tests draw an alarming distinction between writing and "content"--as if the two are unrelated. O'Connor calls for a broader understanding of literacy, and he warns of dire consequences to students and to best practices in our classrooms if we rely on timed essay writing devoid of content as the best measure of student understanding. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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