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RIA # 88: Dr. Asao B. Inoue on Writing Assessment as Anti-racist Practice

Asao Inoue

Dr. Asao B. Inoue

On this episode, Katie is joined by Asao B. Inoue, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Director of University Writing and the Writing Center at the University of Washington Tacoma, a member of the Executive Board of Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the Program Chair of the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Among his many articles and chapters on writing assessment and race and racism, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in RTE, won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment (2012), won the 2014 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. His book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) won the 2017 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph and the 2015 CWPA Outstanding Book Award. In November of 2016, he guested co-edited a special issue of College English on writing assessment as social justice, and is currently finishing a co-edited collection on the same topic, as well as a book on labor-based grading contracts as socially just writing assessment.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Alternative Modes of Writing Assessment [00:00-14:17]

In this first segment, Asao shares about his research and experience with grade-less writing and grading contracts.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Writing Assessment as Anti-racist Practice [14:18-32:31]

In segment two, Asao discusses his research on writing assessment as anti-racist practice.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-05:03]: The Relationship Between Language and Race

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