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Ranking, Evaluating, Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms Of Judgment., Peter Elbow Jan 1994

Ranking, Evaluating, Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms Of Judgment., Peter Elbow

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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.