Changes Must Be Made to Grading Scales to Accommodate Student Diversity

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College courses have evolved over the course of history, adapting to the ever changing ways students learn, speak, and write. But focusing on the writing aspect of education, do teachers/professors really grade fairly? The university is diverse and students come from so many different backgrounds, and writings cannot always be done exactly how an instructor desires it to be, or in the correct voice. Correct voice means that a student uses words that professors wants to see and construct their essay the way that they like to read. A student’s voice, the tone and form his/her essay is written in, is shaped by their culture, society, and factors outside the professor’s wishes. In this essay, I will address the problems that arise from the ways professors, mostly in the English discipline, grade or evaluate students’ writing. Instructors evaluate student’s writing with extremely high expectations, and need to change their grading style to help students today. James Paul Gee’s essay, Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics, he brings up points that there are primary discourse communities and secondary discourse communities that can interfere with one another. Primary discourse communities are born in to, such as a family in a small town area, and secondary discourse communities are attained such as being a political science major. “Two Discourses can interfere with one another, like two languages; aspects of one Discourse can be transferred to another Discourse, as one can transfer a grammatical feature from one language to another” (Gee 486). In light of this idea, students entering in to a University from backgrounds such as small rural towns or different countries, are pressured to completely disregard their discourses from his/her ... ... middle of paper ... ...versity of college students. Works Cited Bartholomae, David. "Inventing The University." Journal of Basic Writing 5.1 (1986). Google Scholar. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. Gee, James Paul. "Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics: Introduction." Wardle, Elizabeth and Doug Downs. Writing About Writing. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 747. Hounsell, Dai. "Contrastig Conceptions of Essay Writing." The Experience of Learning, 2 (1997): 106-125. Martinez, Christy Teranishi, Ned Nock, and Jeffrey Cass. "Pain and Pleasure in Short Essay Writing: Factors Predicting University Students' Writing Anxiety and Writing Self-Efficacy." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 54.5 (2011): 351-360. Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. Quinn, Timothy. "A Crash Course On Giving Grades." Phi Delta Kappan 93.4 (2011): 57-59. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

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