March 14, 2006

Marsella et al, "How Students Handle Assignments"

Marsella et al argue that three factors are particularly influential in the ways that students understand and respond to writing assignments. Does your experience (as a student and as an instructor) conflict with or verify these three? What ELSE affects students understanding of/ approach to writing assignments?

In discussing assignments, the authors wade into the discussion we've been having about too much structure / too little structure. What will you do in your assignments to find an effective balance?

What is your reaction to the schism indicated in this passage:"While professors in our study tried to use writing to foster their students' learning, their students were asking themselves, What's the most efficient way to complete this assignment and get the highest grade I can, given everything that's going on in my life?" (321)?