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Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future

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Asao B. Inoue, University of Washington Tacoma

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781602357747

Publisher: WAC Clearinghouse

Language: English

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Reviewed by Beatrice Mendez Newman, Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 12/19/22

The title shows the focused, targeted scope of this book. However, Inoue’s argument is contextualized within a broad spectrum of rhet/comp theory and integrations from other disciplines. It is a book about the racial politics that Inoue perceives... read more

Reviewed by Rebecca Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Portland on 8/9/22

This text explicitly connects theory to practice. read more

Reviewed by Shelly Page, Law Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale on 2/1/22

This textbook should be required reading for all professors who assess the writing of students. It more than covers the ways in which assessment can be skewed and viewed from a very narrow perspective creating discrimination of a student’s writing... read more

Reviewed by Megan Marshall, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 12/27/21

Inoue's text is well organized and framed nicely by an introduction that explains the contextual framework for the book, specifies who his primary audience is (graduate students, composition instructors, and writing program administrators),... read more

Reviewed by Nydia Sánchez, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego on 6/1/21

Drawing from antiracist and social justice theories and concepts, Dr. Inoue provides a critical and comprehensive argument for building antiracist writing assessment ecologies. Geared towards college writing instructors, the book starts with a... read more

Reviewed by Jill Hallett, Instructor, Northeastern Illinois University on 5/7/21

Inoue has clearly done his homework and has demonstrated synthesis among researchers of writing centers, composition, linguistics, assessment, and other fields. He sets up arguments made by other scholars and proceeds to explain why their points... read more

Reviewed by Emily T. Loker, Graduate Student Part-Time Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

Inoue provides an extremely comprehensive account as to how race is a factor in writing assessments, what they call “writing assessment ecologies” (which, to my delight, draws from critical pedagogues such as Paulo Freire and Buddhist theories of... read more

Reviewed by Joseph Pickard, Associate Professor, University of Missouri - St. Louis on 9/25/19

This book had more information than I expected. read more

Reviewed by Ruthe Thompson , Professor, Minnesota State on 4/25/19

The textbook offers answers and ideas for everything I could think of and more. Information was easy to find. read more

Reviewed by Amanda  Evans, Assistnat Professor, James Madison University on 2/25/19

This text provided an outstanding framework for educators to incorporate anti-racist writing activities in the classroom. This can be a great tool to assess classroom climate and to challenge student worldviews. read more

Reviewed by Patricia Alafaireet, Associate Professor, MOBIUS on 12/5/18

I found the book to be more comprehensive in it's review of the relevant literature. read more

Reviewed by Umme Al-wazedi, Associate Professor, English and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL on 6/19/18

The text covers a very important aspect--designing assignments that bring equity in the classroom. Different students, such as first generation students, students of color, international students--all come with different experiences. A writing... read more

Reviewed by Warren Christian, English Language Specialist, University of North Carolina's Writing Center on 6/19/18

Inoue delivers a clear and well-pointed critique of the racist implications of established college-level writing assessments setting up the need for antiracist assessment practices. He gives an in-depth rationale for his own anti-racist assessment... read more

Reviewed by Melissa Wells, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Mary Washington on 6/19/18

In this text, Inoue offers an incredibly comprehensive view of a subject about an area that deserves more intentional attention: antiracist writing assessment ecologies. After clearly laying out some complex issues raised within critical... read more

Reviewed by Shane Abrams, Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College and Portland State University on 8/15/17

This text provides incisive yet accessible exploration of the institutional hegemonic racisms upon which many of our assumptions about "good" writing rely. In response, it promotes a culturally and situationally responsive ecology of writing... read more

Reviewed by Callie Palmer, Instructor, Linn Benton Community College on 6/20/17

Inoue addresses the writing task and assessment as an "ecology" which frames the work as a living, breathing entity capable of evolving. He provides detailed components in this ecology, beginning with a very lengthy and detailed introduction that... read more

Reviewed by Antonette Aragon, Associate Professor, Colorado State University on 12/5/16

The book has a clear comprehensiveness. It shows an effective coverage of the subjects appropriate to the subject within it's index, notes, and reference pages. I followed the structure of the book easily. read more

Table of Contents

  • Front Matter
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Writing Assessment Ecologies as Antiracist Projects
  • Chapter 1: The Function of Race in Writing Assessments
  • Chapter 2: Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies
  • Chapter 3: The Elements of an Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecology
  • Chapter 4: Approaching Antiracist Work in an Assessment Ecology
  • Chapter 5: Designing Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies
  • Notes
  • References
  • Appendix A: English 160W's Grading Contract
  • Appendix B: Example Problem Posing Labor Process

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  • About the Book

    In Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies, Asao B. Inoue theorizes classroom writing assessment as a complex system that is "more than" its interconnected elements. To explain how and why antiracist work in the writing classroom is vital to literacy learning, Inoue incorporates ideas about the white racial habitus that informs dominant discourses in the academy and other contexts. Inoue helps teachers understand the unintended racism that often occurs when teachers do not have explicit antiracist agendas in their assessments. Drawing on his own teaching and classroom inquiry, Inoue offers a heuristic for developing and critiquing writing assessment ecologies that explores seven elements of any writing assessment ecology: power, parts, purposes, people, processes, products, and places.

    About the Contributors


    Asao B. Inoue is Director of University Writing and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma. He has published on writing assessment, validity, and composition pedagogy in Assessing Writing, The Journal of Writing Assessment, Composition Forum, and Research in the Teaching of English, among other journals and collections. His co-edited collection Race and Writing Assessment (2012) won the CCCC's Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection.

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