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Ranking, Evaluating, Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment.
College English (1994)
  • Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Ranking: a one dimensional quantitative judgment--as with grading. A one dimensional quantitative score can never be an accurate reflection of the quality of a multidimensional product (like writing and many other human products).

Evaluation: a multidimensional judgment--using words or providing a multidimensional grid. Judging allows for more trustworthy assessment of writing and many other products.

Liking. This section explores the benefits that come when teachers actually learn to *like* student work--and indeed to like students--and how one can learn to like work even if one judges it to be not very good.

  • assessment,
  • response,
  • feedback,
  • judgment,
  • writing
Publication Date
January, 1994
Citation Information
Peter Elbow. "Ranking, Evaluating, Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment." College English Vol. 55 Iss. 2 (1994)
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