Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Education, Leadership and Public Service


Science Education [discontinued]

First Advisor/Chairperson

Christi Edge


This case study is designed to examine a potentially effective way to evaluate and provide feedback on student writing, and through meaningful evaluation, the writing process for secondary students could be more holistic, could better prepare students for college writing. This case study took place in a small eighth grade Language Arts/social studies classroom, located in a town of approximately thirty thousand residents, and the case is the classroom of 22 students, six of which were purposefully chosen for observation during their Paper Conference session and fourteen of which chose to participate in a survey. Paper Conferences are regular practice in the chosen classroom and all data collection took place during regularly schedule class time. Analysis revealed Paper Conferences were meaningful to both students and the teacher, thus documenting and describing a positive way to provide teacher feedback to student writing.

Access Type

Open Access