chapter  4
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Negotiating Assessment and Distributive Evaluation

While Marjorie Goodwin’s (1990) concept of participatory frameworks leads me to stress the need for a teacher to descriptively evaluate the situation within which a communication act takes place, the idea of a participatory framework also suggests that multiple agents are evaluating a speaker. When a child on the streets of Philadelphia speaks and that speech is inflected for an audience, and opens to invite members of that audience into the debate-to take sides-then, the audience members are always evaluating and creating the meaning of the participatory framework. For the teaching of composition, this multiple interactivity urges moving beyond a student-teacher vision of the composing process and to see the student within a framework of other students, the teacher, and potential audience members outside of school.