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Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning Paperback – November, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1579221157 ISBN-10: 1579221157 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing; 1 edition (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579221157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579221157
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"'This wonderfully compact introduction to rubrics will serve higher education teachers well regardless of discipline or level of instruction. Stevens and Levi take the reader through the process of constructing rubrics, varied forms of rubrics, and a multitude of ways to use rubrics. I especially applaud the student-centered approaches to rubric development. When departments or groups of faculty use rubrics as described in this book, they will indeed achieve the 'academic currency' sought today in higher education.' -- Amy Driscoll, director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at California State University, Monterey Bay 'A total gap has long existed in higher education for a user's reference that aids in the important task of design and use of rubrics. Stevens and Levi are the first to step forward to fill this gap, which in itself would make the book a success. Its strengths are in the detail and extensive examples. As the title states, this is a book that emphasizes the tool and methods of use. It serves as a valuable resource for the new user in a content discipline and belongs in every faculty developer's library.' -- Edward Nuhfer, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Idaho State University. 'I was thrilled to come across this book, as there are so few texts out there that address the use of rubrics in the college classroom. Stevens and Levi have done a laudable job of conveying the rationale for using such a grading tool in higher education, and have provided, generously, many outstanding examples. What I find most compelling is that it is so much more than an introduction: Stevens and Levi provide an effective blueprint for the creation of one's own customized rubrics. This a much-needed new resource.' -- Adrielle A. Mitchell, Department of English, Nazareth College"

About the Author

Dannelle D. Stevens is a tenured professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University in Oregon where she has been since 1994. Her roots, however, are in the public school classroom where she taught middle school and high school social studies, language arts, and special education for 14 years across four school districts and three states. She received her master's from the University of Utah in 1983, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State in 1991. Before coming to PSU she taught at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Whether the topic is rubrics, journal writing, action research or academic writing, her work centers on how adults reflect on what they do and, then, act on those reflections. One of Dr. Stevens' underlying assumptions is that cognitive, social and emotional development does not end with the teenage years but continues through the lifetime. Besides over 75 conference presentations, she has written three books, all designed to impact development of her fellow faculty and, their students. Her first book, co-edited with Joanne Cooper, Tenure in the Sacred Grove: Issues and Strategies for Women and Minorities, (SUNY Press, 2002), was written to help faculty women and minorities negotiate the path to tenure. Introduction to Rubrics, now in its second edition, and co-authored with Antonia J. Levi, and Journal Keeping, co-authored with Joanne Cooper, are published by Stylus Publishing. In addition to teaching classes, she has taken on leadership positions in the department and campus-wide. In the Curriculum and Instruction Department, Dr. Stevens leads teacher licensure cohorts and coordinates the MA/MS program for experienced teachers. For the university at large, she works within the Center for Academic Excellence as faculty-in-residence for assessment. She is chair of the Institutional Assessment Council.

Antonia J. Levi is a professor of modern Japanese history who taught for many years in the University Studies Program at Portland State University. She is now retired, continuing to write about rubrics, Japanese animation, and the globalization of popular culture, and reinventing herself as a novelist in Vancouver, BC. She has served as an apprentice and mentor in Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio and the Southbank Writer’s Program where she is exploring the possibilities for rubrics in enhancing work shopping experiences, evaluating and improving public performances, and developing other creative skills.

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It is very practical.
I've been using rubrics for the past few years, but I wanted a good reference on using them.
The book defines clearly what is a rubric and helps you decide if you really need it.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dorlisa Minnick on July 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a junior-faculty member and have tried my hand at creating rubrics in an effort to be fair and consistent in grading. However, I struggled with breaking down each area so I felt my rubrics were weak. Thus, I was looking for a "how-to" book and this book did not disappoint! It was well worth every penny! The book was written by two college faculty members who are seasoned in developing rubrics for college courses (individually, departmentally, and university-wide). I read the book in a day and then began working through the 4-stage process. It took the better part of a full day to create my first rubric, working through the steps methodically and thoughtfully, but I trust the authors that when it comes to grading, I will more than save the time, and most importantly, students will have a clear picture of where their grade comes from. Also, I am confident that the time required in producing rubrics for other assignments will decrease as I gain more experience.
In addition to the 4-stage process, the authors discuss a continuum of 5 models to rubric construction ranging from the instructor creating the rubric with no input from students to a rubric that is created completely by the students (of course, as the faculty member, one always has the opportunity to make adjustments). The point being that there is more than one way to construct a rubric depending on instructor's style and developmental level of the class. The book has a chapter on constructing rubrics with others, such as TA's, colleagues and tutorial staff. Even though my university does not use TA's and I am new faculty member, I liked the idea behind involving colleagues, and especially, tutorial support, like a writing center. Another chapter was designated to show how rubrics could be used in different disciplines.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Cate108 on August 13, 2005
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This book has cut my grading time in half. It is very practical. It has numerous examples and a step-by-step approach to make rubric creation easy. I read several other books about rubrics but most of them were for K-12, program assessment or were completly theoretical. This book tells you have to create a tool that will allow you to grade quickly and fairly. A must have for college teachers!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Windmill Chaser on October 15, 2008
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This book provides a useful overview of rubrics and offers numerous examples of different types and styles of rubrics. Stevens and Levi write in a clear and straightforward style that busy educators will appreciate. Regretfully, the authors of the book base many of their claims about the utility of rubrics (in particular, the idea that rubrics save time and that students should be involved in rubric instruction) on their own experience without referencing any other already-existing education research as support. Even so, this book still will be helpful for college-level instructors looking systematically incorporate rubrics into their classes.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Howard Aldrich on December 11, 2007
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I had a basic understanding of grading rubrics before I began, but it wouldn't have mattered, as the authors provide such a clear explanation that I think even someone with no prior knowledge would grasp the concept almost immediately. The book is loaded with examples and a step-by-step walk-through of how to build effective rubrics. Perhaps most importantly, the authors explain why just about everybody can benefit from rubrics and how course design ultimately could be improved by making effective use of feedback from well-constructed rubrics. I highly recommend this to any instructor of college students, especially if they have shied away from using essay type exams because they have been afraid they could not reliably grade them.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 13, 2005
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Rubrics (in education) in a way is like points with certain specifications (rules/requirements) you seek from your students in the work they are doing. How do you know if your students are learning history or english literature? What is the content you seek, ask, or want of them when it deals with their work? With rubrics, you will find out where exactly the student is in the material you are teaching plus the student will also know what he or she is lacking or has achieved in the unit lesson(s). If you are a beginning teacher please get this book because more and more -rubrics are being applied to unit lessons in the nations public schools. The authors (Stevens and Levi) who hail from Portland have done a super job at breaking this topic down by using clear soft writing. Being a teacher(educator) is not easy but with rubrics you will be more clear in what you ask of your students, then you will know if they have learned the material or not. Rubrics(a grid with your written specifications) will help you target everything. This is literature that teachers, substitutes and collegiate professors should have in there mini library. 10 stars! Rubrics is the bridge that links students and teachers together because both will know where one is at.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ken Usher on October 15, 2007
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At our college I purchased one copy, then 6 more, then 4 more, then 25 more... handed out to various faculty members along with workshops on rubrics. The book is very accessible to get faculty over the hump to actually writing and using rubrics for themselves/their classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teri on May 18, 2011
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As an assessment professional in higher education, I found this book to be an accessible introduction to using rubrics that is neither too simplistic nor too advanced. I'm happy to recommend it to faculty who are looking for a better way to give substantive feedback to their students without sacrificing their sleep!
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Dannelle D. Stevens was born in California to "immigrant" Scotch, English and German heritage parents from the midwest. Graduating from U.C., Berkeley in 1965 enlightened her perspective on life. As a daughter of an elementary school teacher and granddaughter of a high school math teacher, she found herself with a lifelong career in education. Today she teaches at Portland State University in Oregon. Her work and writing center around sharing strategies and insights that can assist faculty in negotiating their complex academic lives.

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